Many people reject any self development exercise with even a whiff of cheese about it. Like all defensive strategies, this eliminates the potentially distasteful experience and the nourishment simultaneously.
I wished my 12 week positivity course students to participate in all my exercises, so I acknowledged their potential resistance immediately and transformed it into an icebreaker.
"I expect some of you are a bit worried that this course will be cheesy." Looks of relieved acknowledgement.
"So... let's embrace this and give ourselves a Cheese Name." A few raised eyebrows. Perhaps they thought I was crackers. I encouraged people to select a cheese that complimented their name, to make it easier for the group to remember.
We kept the memorable monikers (such as Halloumi Helen, Maria Paneer and Terry Cheese String) throughout the course as a lighthearted alter-ego and they generated plenty of cheesy grins!