Creating Engaging Technical eLearning – Move: Learners to Tears – Tip #4

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A few months ago, there was a movie, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. It is a story on how to keep our skills and craft. It is moving and motivational. All those who train people should watch this. Watch the Mercedes Benz stories, too. It will bring tears to your eyes.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”


Click here to view “Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Elliott Massie wrote about “Jiro” in his enewsletter:

“Sushi Lesson: Years of Study or Quick Skilling?
I watched an interesting movie on my flight back to New York – “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” It is about the intensity of skilling – as illustrated by a Sushi Chef in Japan, who is 85 and serves only 10 people at a time in his high end restaurant. Interns spend 10 years studying under him. He reflects a model that learning deeply about something takes time, sometimes a great deal of time. Jiro, the chef, won the 3 Star Michelin Award, and reflects a view towards competency that may be vanishing in our fast-paced world. Watching the skill with  which he and his well-trained team prepare one piece of sushi at a time – after hours of buying, prep and skilled presentation – is a stark contrast to the fast skilling world of much of our workplace.”

“Mercedes Benz story” -“I love it, I must have it.”

Click here to view “Mercedes Benz story

Learning from this video is an exhilarating experience. Not only is it entertaining,  it has succeeded in “embedding” the lessons they want viewers to see. The powerful use of saving peoples’ lives is a moving experience. We can use these techniques in our eLearning design.

Why we love what’s perfect and why we get inspired
There is a yearning in each one of us to attain perfection. Others are vocal about it while others remain silent about their desires. When we see perfection in real life, we cannot help but be reminded of our own personal quest to be perfect. Hence, we learn by observing perfection – especially when they are stories about being perfect. They uplift us and nurture our very essence. This is the reason we consult with experts, experienced and highly successful people. We want to learn how they did it right.