"It's just like Sesame Street, really. I asked the boys to give me words of what they were going to give me in the game that began with the letter C. They came up with some good answers."
As much as C was the topic of discussion before match within the home dressing, what was to follow was as easy as ABC for the Highlanders as they cruised to a comfortable win over Hearts.
Butcher, who provided a few colourful examples of his squad's lexical choices afterwards, stood proudly on the sidelines during the performance, arms folded in satisfaction for the most part as his team kept their five-game unbeaten run going, Billy McKay's fourth and fifth goals of the campaign keeping Inverness top of the SPFL Premiership.
"It was a really good exercise before the game, they had a bit of a laugh and they enjoyed it. Well, I couldn't care less if they enjoyed it, as long as they keep on doing it," said Butcher, who clarified he wasn't dressed up as Big Bird while delivering his pre-match team talk.
"It was comfortable in many aspects. Hearts are still a formidable force, but we had great chances although we couldn't get that third goal. You wonder if there's a sting in the tail but I just couldn't see it."
It would be an insult to Inverness to say McKay was the only difference between the teams, yet his contribution was significant and ultimately fatal for a valiant Hearts team who withered under relentless force from Butcher's well-drilled troops in the second half.
The striker's first goal, scored after 10 minutes, was a sight to behold. David Raven fed Aaron Doran down the right on a quick break and he had just enough time to look up and spot Richie Foran's cunning decoy run across goal.
This created space for McKay 10 yards out and he checked his run, steadied himself and swung his deadly right peg to send a first-time shot high beyond Jamie MacDonald.
His second goal was less pleasing on the eye but just as potent, Foran slipping him the ball amid some slapstick Hearts defending to let the 24-year-old guide the ball home after 32 minutes. McKay should have further added to his tally and his most glaring miss came from the penalty spot after 81 minutes, MacDonald getting down low to parry after Jamie Hamill was red-carded for an apparent handball on the line.
His other near misses were a deft flick that skimmed just past the far post, a ferocious volley after he showed great agility to bring the ball down on his chest, and a missed opportunity when through on goal. "He works hard to get into good positions," added Butcher of the Northern Ireland internationalist.
The confidence coursing through this Inverness team flows wider than just through their burgeoning centre-forward, however. The vitality sourced from a five-game unbeaten run was evident yesterday and was typified by the contribution of their captain, Foran.
The Irishman was a constant source of energy as he scurried around the turf directing play, cajoling his team-mates and even trying his luck at goal from more than 30 yards, a desperate clawing save from MacDonald only just denying him.
While Butcher's team talk was based on Sesame Street, many of the players in the Hearts ranks yesterday are young enough to still have the DVD box set.
It is hard to be critical of a team with an average age of 21 in the starting XI and just 18 on the bench and Hearts manager Gary Locke can take encouragement from the fact his team were not without their chances.
Jason Holt shot wide after just two minutes and Jamie Walker had two clear chances in the Inverness box, his first effort slithering just past the far post and his second slamming into the upright before cannoning away.
"I told the boys we are going to get days like today," said Locke, who refused to be drawn into discussing the decision to send off Hamill. "I felt we lost the first goal against the run of play, but in the second half Inverness were the better team. It's just something we need to take on the chin."
Chin, another word beginning with C...