BJ and I often play with techniques drawn from the world of improv, many adapted from the work of our good friend Izzy Gesell (author of the highly-recommended “Playing Along“). We’ve been having fun with our colleagues recently, having asked them to suggest “the worst opening line imaginable in an Executive Summary.”
I started the ball rolling by proposing either: “”We were quite astonished to receive your RFP after all of our recent troubles” or “This project is doomed to failure.”
Here are a few of the team’s submissions – we’d love it if you commented with your own ideas!
Graham – “We’re really sorry for submitting this proposal so late.”
BJ – “While we’ve never done what you’ve requested before we’d sure like to give it a try.”
Natalie – “We didn’t want to bid for this project initially but as we weren’t busy we thought ‘Why not?’”
Natalie – “While we might be twice the price of our (less than gr8) competitors, you will find our attention to detail ‘n’ quality 2nd too none…”
Graham – “Disclaimer: Please note that we accept no responsibility for any content written herein. We have no trust in our team and didn’t :ave time to read the document either.”
We have been supplying goods and services to the <Customer> group for over 10 years. Despite this, complacency is something that is never considered an option.
“Our company was founded 50 years ago.”
Over to you to join in!