There are some things we just have to do, whether we like it or not. Compliance training comes to mind immediately.
Sometimes walking falls into this category for me, too, which is why this sign stood out for me during a recent sightseeing excursion in Japan.
Hilarious, right? Entertaining? Encouraging? I appreciated the humor behind this sign so much that I took a picture of it and decided to blog about it.
Oh wait, that’s an edited version. It’s not entertaining or funny or encouraging. It’s plain. And not memorable. And typical of visual aids we normally create. Especially for mundane tasks.
Here’s the actual sign that was posted:
It has humor. It has encouragement. For overachievers, there’s a challenge to be found.
Next time you’re putting together a slide deck or handouts or flipcharts – even if you think the topic is routine or boring – why not get a little more creative? Why not respect your audience enough to throw something a little unexpected their way? Why not go the extra mile?
It’ll probably only take an extra 10 minutes or so. Seven minutes if you run a little.