For the Benefit of the Audience

From what I’ve witnessed in Japan, it appears that there isn’t much consideration for the audience in many different places; service industry, schools, presentations, etc. It’s more as if the person is doing it for their own sake, not for the benefit of the audience. Whenever I make something, anything, I always consider how the other party will view it, and whether or not they will enjoy and learn from it. I have noticed a lack of this in Japan. Well, that they aren’t taught this kind of stuff in school might come into it… anyway:

A lot of Japanese service industry is centered on the systems and getting things right at the expense of what the customer wants. There isn’t as much thought of what the customer wants, it’s rather ‘is this feasible for us?’

Teaching in Japan is extremely teacher-centered, often ignoring what the students are feeling opting for the easy option. This may have come about with the large number of students to process, but there is less attention paid to the individual, truly treating them like a cog. 

Exams in Japan are designed to be easy to mark, so they can assess the students’ level, but this is not necessarily at the benefit of the student. If it really were for the benefit of the student, for example there would be a speaking test to encourage that skill too. 

When it comes to presentations in Japan, it’s obvious that they are for the presenter not the audience. Pages and pages of words, so that the presenter doesn’t have to remember too much, and they don’t have to focus too much on the presentation itself. -think more about the audience, put yourself in their shoes and make it interesting! Fun even! 

Food for thought! I think I will have more to say about this post 🙂

This post was written on the 21st of February, but was only uploaded today because I didn’t have the Internet where I was 🙂



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