In last couple of weeks I focused hardly on more theoretical issues that boggle around my mind. Today is different though. My head won’t stop hurting and as I would love to provide you Theories of deep understanding of things I just can’t. Today then, is a practice day. Let’s begin.
Practical advice #001: While writing your speech or designing presentation think about intuitive heuristics. You could provide the best data and best arguments but without referring to those simplified rules you are damning your chances to actually prove your point in eyes of your audience. It means that your beautifully shown data won’t do any good without making an anecdotal evidence. Your logically bullet proof set of arguments won’t be remembered if you don’t provide any relatable, representative story to it. You will lose their attention if you don’t use rhetorical questions and/or “verbal colons”. What I’m trying to say is this: Ideas need good selling. And how to sell them properly? Go for theirs intuitive thinking.
Practical advice #002: Solving problems in everyday life will benefit from reading theoretical texts and thinking about abstract concepts. Creativity is not about some people being able to have constant “a-ha” moments. In fact most of creative, problem solving ideas come from using deliberate thinking tools. And even considering “a-ha” moments, those are feed by those “difficult” texts. For instance, if you remember my deliberation about transition from Type 0 to Type I civilization – it is solely one of those thinking tools for solving problems. Precisely it is asking yourself “if the scale of the problem would be extremely big or small would it change anything?”. Re-puzzling the set of conditions related to problem can unstuck our creative process or even make the solution clear. You can re-puzzle through changing scale of problem itself, it’s reach (what if everyone on Earth is facing that problem, what if this was only your friends problem), adding or dropping time constrain or thinking “what if?” you had unlimited means to solve the problem. Sometimes if you look at your misery from the big scheme perspective it is not a problem at all; if you change a reach of the difficulties you could spot a business opportunity in mundane challenge; also if you disconnect yourself from the problem, the answer just might become obvious.
Practical advice #003: People do better internalize information in bite-sized chunks. So I’ll stop here.
Have a great upcoming week, and hopefully we’ll see each other next time.
– Przemek Kucia