We had the good fortune of connecting with Duane Freeman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Duane , we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
What makes me happy is connecting with people and having people connect with each other. I also love to play with others, be silly, and not take myself too seriously. I know it sounds cheesy but I do think I embody this mantra. I am always looking for a new experience or activity to try and love people who just jump in and make it fun no matter what the experience. I do think that my mindset that anything can be fun if you make it fun keeps me happy. I also am lucky to have people that surround me who have that similar mentality.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is called Olympics of the Absurd Consulting Experience, but we go by OAC Experience. We work closely with a companies that are intentional about building and maintaining a creative, courageous, and collaborative company culture. Now say it faster. We consult with companies on how to build on the strengths that they already possess while skill building where there are opportunities for growth. We do this through team-building events and community experiences. I come from an improv and theater background so I use my creativity and humor to build unique experiences that are silly and help break people out of their comfort zones in a safe and authentic way.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
There are so many good options. I just had my friends come visit and I can tell you what we did. Thursday night they got in and we hit Glai Baan. My favorite place in Phoenix right now, street Thai food and sick cocktails. Enough said. Friday we went hiking on Camelback in the morning and then golfing in the afternoon and finished with a patio dinner at Ladera’s for Mexican food on North Cental. After dinner we went to Stardust Pinball bar for some pinball and dancing. Perfect day in my mind. Saturday was a shopping cart race in downtown Phoenix endearingly called the “Idiotarod.” It’s probably my favorite day of the year with bizarre activities on big wheels, a completely new take on cock fighting, random bar games, and maybe a little bit of drinking. Afterwards we again went dancing down at the Duce for a cool dance floor and good food. Sunday was a more chill day, as you may have guessed, with a coffee at Lux on Central, brunch at Fame’ and a walk around Papago Park and dinner at Restaurant Progress. Other nights that I would suggest are hitting Puzzle Effect in the afternoon, grabbing dinner at Persepshen on Central, hitting the Torch Theater for some improv, and then finishing the night around the corner at Bonus Round for some arcade games and a place to have good beers.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom. She has always pushed me to look for the positive in situations, find the best in others, and practice gratitude for everyday. She truly loves people and I have rarely heard her say a negative thing about another person or get involved in gossip. She builds strong relationships and has an openness to meet people where they are at. She puts her judgement to the side and just works on listening and connecting. When I was not feeling good she would push me to focus on what is going well or if I didn’t like the results I was getting then I should ask different questions. She gets my shoutout. Thanks mom.
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