The Arrow

Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes it’s right in front of our eyes, without us seeing the possibility. With the use of a simple glass of water, you can change perspectives.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Nonchalantly hold your glass of water or put it to one side. Show the people around you a business card and draw an arrow on it. Place the arrow against a wall or anything that will prop it up.


We all need a little direction in life now and again, don’t you agree?

Lend me your ears

Point to the arrow.


Let’s think different. Can anyone get this arrow to change directions without touching the business card?

The onlookers should be stumped.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Take a casual sip of your water from the glass.


A drink can help change your perspective, especially when you do this with your drink…

Place the water glass in front of the arrow. The arrow will have flipped directions.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I find this change of perspective quite refreshing.
  • Try this out as a bar bet, or to impress kids, just not to impress kids in a bar.
  • It’s easy to change perspective… just add water.
Alternative ending

Make use of your business cards. Use the situation to either keep someone else’s card or to give yours away.


The arrow is pointing us in a good direction. Let’s go there together.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Do you often change directions.

I am focused like a locust.

Is this like a modern day compass?

I don’t think it will find us our truth north. But I like your thinking.

Do you know now where we are heading?

You better believe it.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people thinking outside of the box.
  • When you need to inject some creative energy into the mix.
  • When you want to convey a sense of direction.
Where to use it
  • sales meetings
  • general informal gatherings
  • team building activities
  • socializing
Getting ready
Items required
  • A glass of water
  • A business card
  • A pen
  • Place a glass of water on a flat surface, like a table – have a business card or a piece of paper on hand.
Training required
  • Make sure the glass you use delivers – don’t use a frosty glass or a fancy glass with patterns on it.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • This is one is as safe as it gets.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a glass of water, a business card and a pen

size size

the glass won’t fit in your pocket

durability durability

glasses and business cards are plentiful

source source

an old classic

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this works well with any size group

possible health risk possible health risk

good, clean fun

reusable how many times you can use it

once per person or group

training needed training needed

check that the glass does the job well – a simple whiskey tumbler works good

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