A great way to find food for your WUP is to practice the fine art of eavesdropping. Don’t panic; I’m not suggesting wiring your neighbor’s house or tapping your teenager’s phone (well, let me think about that one) but using your ears to reach into and understand the lives of the people around you. Some advice from The Radical Edge:
“Listen to what people are saying at work, at home, in the supermarket, on the radio. What are your customers saying about their own challenges in their work? What are your neighbors saying about theirs? Did you hear something noteworthy? Don’t judge; record. Write your notes in your WUP.” (From page 151)
If you’d like to spice up your day with some hilarious eavesdropping examples, check out Overheard In The Office. Readers of this site send in conversations that they’ve overheard in…you get the idea.
Office manager: The first rule of thumb is that two geotechnical engineers will always give you two different answers. The second rule of thumb is that I’m always right.
Office manager: I’m being serious.
You may want to keep your WUP handy when you visit this site.