1. Picture a Truly Inspiring Workplace
The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand-words” brings to
mind many PowerPoint presentations where the opposite adage
seemed to be evoked: “Why show a picture when I can show a
thousand words per slide and drown my audience in gibberish?”
Here are three good reasons to evoke the former phrase more
often than we do at work:
1. It’s true. And in your next presentation your audience will
not only be more inclined to stay awake, they’ll thank-you for
remembering that humans are visual creatures and that we think
in pictures, not in words.
2. Drawing a picture is more of a right-brain activity, so
the next time you need to brainstorm, spending five minutes
doodling or drawing out your ideas will help you and your team
shift over to more creative, right-brained thinking.
3. Pictures are more fun! (Isn’t ironic that I’m using words
to describe all this?) The vision statement for the carpet
company Interface, for example, is actually a sketch, which
makes the message far more memorable, emotional and yes, even
a bit fun! Fun in a vision statement! Imagine that!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
For a fun team event, download some cartoons (watch the copyright
laws, either search for royalty-free ones, or be prepared to pay
a small fee) and then remove the captions. Then have each team or
individual come up with the best caption to illustrate the
cartoon and award a fun prize for the best caption. ================================================================
3. Quote of the Week
“It’s an established fact that a good sense of humour is highly
correlated with genius.” Dilbert cartoonist, Scott Adams
4. It’s a Wacky World
A British man on the run from police was kind enough to provide
the police with a proper photo of himself after he saw the mug
shot they had printed of him in the local paper. The moral of
the story: vanity will bite you every time.
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