Orlando couldn’t be more different from Columbus – couldn’t be more different from Ohio for that matter. Moving from the mid-west to Florida, especially Orlando, is a huge culture shock. The diversity in this city is incredible, and recently I feel that I cannot find a “true” local. Talk about a fun city.
And the question, “Hey, so where are you from?” is the perfect way to strike up a conversation. This morning while I waited to get coffee after mass, the person behind me asked me where I “was from”.
“Well, I grew up near Cincinnati and went to school in Columbus. I graduated from Ohio State this past June.”
So as I frantically tried to explain my background to my new acquaintance, he grinned sheepishly and said he wasn’t sure where Cincinnati was untill I mentioned Ohio State. That information allowed him to piece together the rest of the puzzle.
Oh, that’s right. I have to tell people OHIO first before going more into depth about which cities. Unlike Columbus, I can’t start spitting out certain roads and streets and expect other to know what I’m talking about. And for some strange reason, that makes me slightly homesick.
However, the diversity allows for great conversation starters at Walt Disney World. During my training this past week I focused on increasing my comfort level with guest interaction. I love talking to guests and hearing their vacation stories, but initiating those first few words can be slightly intimidating.
The best advice when needing a conversation starter in Orlando? Go back to the basics – “Hey! How is your vacation? Where are you folks from?”
You’ll hear the most interesting stories and meet the most interesting people. Only be warned, when they ask you where your from…have an answer ready.