Simplifying the complex is a critical skill. The better you do it, the easier others find it to understand and engage with your messages.
But it doesn’t seem easy. After all, complex things are… well, complex. The good news is: it’s easier than you think. Here’s an example to show what I mean…
If you want to be a better networker, it can seem hard to do. There are just so many things to focus on. With something as complex as networking, where do you start? Well fortunately, there are only three things you need to focus on:
And, to ensure you have good networking conversations at the event? This too could be complex. But it isn’t. In fact, there are only four things that matter:
And this first step of networking - getting into a conversation - how to master that? Well, there are only two things that matter:
You see, to simplify complex topics - such that people understand the big picture instantly - you only need do two things:
Doing this immediately gives your audience context (so they “get it”) and comfort (so they think it’s do-able). See how I did this with all the examples above?
Even better: it doesn’t always matter how you simplify it. But it matters that you do so.
For example, at the top of this Tip, I split communication into three things – before, during and after. Instead, I could have split networking into:
It doesn’t matter. As long as the recipient sees the big picture, you’ve made a great start.
And so a question to finish: do you want to be better at simplifying complex messages? If so, the great news is that you only need do these four things when communicating it:
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