Context: I used a modified version of this for an assembly presentation at Bangkok Patana School. The message is simple, and well known, yet is still an important one to raise with students. It should be quite easy for someone else to recycle this and explain the gist of the slides. The early slides (and video) are deliberately designed to make people laugh – mistakes are often funny after all – but the presentation takes a more serious turn on slide 8 when the audience are reminded that often your own mistakes do not feel very funny at all. The remainder of the presentation provides timeworn suggestions of how best to manage your mistakes and make the most of them, recognising that mistakes are vital to human progress.
For best effect, start by showing the youtube clip (link also given on the second slide). For added effect, play music at the same time – ‘I used some of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines - Original theme song (this youtube clip includes it). The simple ‘FAIL’ slide refers to a common word that has taken on a new life of its own in recent years in internet pop culture circles. Fail! Is a quick put-down for something someone has done wrong.TThe presentation is comprised of other people’s work and ideas which I have credited where possible. Special permission has been sought and granted for using the following: Slides 4 and 5 – the failblog.org images, Slide 14 – the thumbpress.com image.The other images are either known to be licensed under some form of Creative Commons license, and are credited on the relevant slide, or are presumed to be public domain (with original sources not traced). Please do contact James Penstone if this is a wrong assumption for any of the images, and this slideshow will be corrected where it is hosted at slideshare.