I've been selected to be the "voice" of my son's 4th Grade Football team, which means I rock the PA system with the golden pipes.
It's preseason for the football players, and it's preseason for new PA guys as well. So when I got home from a scrimmage earlier this week (where I saw my first live PA action), I noted the need for a sound that I could play when significant positive events (like first downs for our team) occur.
We're the Panthers, so the sound embedded below was a perfect 2 second clip for us. Click the play button to hear it (email subscribers click through or enable images to see the player):
Of course, once I found that sound, I decided to be a huge dork and play the sound from my iPhone anytime I heard something from my family that was the slighest achievement. Here's kind of how that went around the house that night.
Me: How did you day go?
Son #1: Good. I got a 22 out of 22 on a science quiz.
So far so good. Next up:
Me: What happened that was good today for you?
Son #2: We got to go outside for recess.
And finally, Ms. Capitalist.
Me: And you Mom? How did your day go?
Mrs. Capitalist: Fine.
You get the drift. The panther sound was played 20+ times that night, which made me think there's a tounge-in-cheek, fun, yet real opportunity for sounds to celebrate achievements in meetings as a part of your recognition strategy. And the panther growl is probably perfect.
Short, fun, new media and worthy of becoming a mixture of recognition, tradition and satire at your company.
It's noted, however, that the sound could be interpreted as cougar-like, which means strong women leaders over 45 years of age might want to find a different sound.
Maybe a bear. You can figure out what's appropriate. Just find your sound ciip signifying achievement and recognition today.