July 11, 2021

Your own thought


It’s possible that other people will work out what you mean. If you use convoluted descriptions that entertain all the detail and nuance in your mind, if you use the language you have in your head, and take the short cuts that are easiest for you rather than the long cuts that are easy to follow. It’s possible they’ll fill in the blanks and realise what you haven’t helped them realise, see what you didn’t point out, understand what you barely grasp yourself.

The way it normally works is, you don’t think about what it’s like seeing things for the first time, you just run at the speed of your own thought and fill in your own backstory.

The way it should work is, you break things down based on the knowledge and interest of your audience.

Skippy strategy: Put your audience in the centre of the room, not you.