I found something wonderfully useful this week that I wanted to share with you.
Revered American writer Kurt Vonnegut penned these seven storytelling tips that reinforce not only what a wonderful writer he was but also that it is possible to communicate complex ideas while remaining deceptively simple.
As a structured thinking fan, I love the humour and simplicity of his gutsy list of seven parallel ideas.
He recommends that when writing we focus on seven simple things
- Find a subject that we care about
- Avoid rambling
- Keep it simple
- Have the guts to cut
- Sound like ourselves
- Say what we mean to say
- Pity the readers
While he's not providing you with a way to achieve these seven things, they are useful reminders of what we need to do. Here are some places you can go to learn more:
- Watch this short slideshow fleshing out Vonnegut's points further
- Download these clarity checklists to learn more about the missing structure element
- Watch out for our book, The So What Strategy, which will be published soon
So, which structure was that? …. Click here to learn more.
As always, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any clarity questions that we could help you answer.
This post was prepared by Davina Stanley, co-founder of Clarity Thought Partners, founder of The Clarity First Program and author of The So What Strategy.
Davina has been helping experts communicate complex ideas since joining McKinsey as a communication specialist more than 20 years ago.
She helps them clarify their thinking so they can prepare powerful and strategic communication in any format. It might mean preparing for a difficult meeting, getting ready for a project steering committee, putting forward a business case or writing a board paper.
She uses The Minto Pyramid PrincipleⓇ and other powerful techniques to help experts of all kinds globally strengthen their communication skills.