A few years ago at a company new hire introduction, each of us was to go up to the front and tell “which movie we like best” and “something special about us.”
So I went to the front, and spoke in front of everybody, and I said, I liked the movie “Life of Pi,” and nobody said a single word. It was rather silent.
And two minutes later, another guy who seemed to be good with people, he went up, and he said, “I like action movies, and I like the movie Die Hard.” And people cheered with “Ooooooooooh!” and “Whewooooooooooh!” and it seemed like the whole audience was on fire.
I really don’t understand the mechanics. Is it true that we need to give something for people to react to? Him by saying he likes an action movie and people wonder what it is, and when he said, “Die Hard,” then people can identify and “think” (or react) “It really is an action movie!” and cheered loudly?
While when I said “Life of Pi,” people had nothing to react to, except perhaps “Why does he like this movie?”
What really happened and is there some technique or study or research about this?