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10 Steps to a Truly Horrible Explanation

Posted by: leelefever on January 17, 2013- 12:44am

Categories: Art of Explanation, Explanation, humor, satire, tips

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Step 1.  Forget about your audience’s needs. Their needs don’t matter. Your job isn’t to help them, it’s to make yourself look smart.  This is all about you.  Step 2. Make tons of assumptions. Assume everyone in the room knows exactly what you know or more. Find ways to save time by skipping the big picture and context. Head straight for the details.   Step 3. Use lots of jargon and unfamiliar words. Since everyone in the room knows what you know, you can feel free to be loquacious in your... Continue Reading

Instagram's Real Problem? Lack of Explanation

Posted by: leelefever on December 19, 2012- 11:40am

Categories: communication, Instagram, legal, policies, The Art of Explanation, tips

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It’s not been a good week for Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team.  They recently updated their policies and caused the Internet to collectively freak out. Here are a couple of headlines: Instagram’s New Policies Could Put Them Out of Business Instagram Will Basically Sign Your Life Away (A headline I tweeted) Yikes.  But wait.  What if this is all a misunderstanding? For now, let’s give Instagram the benefit of the doubt and ignore the possibility that they’re willingly throwing users under... Continue Reading
Today we're announcing a new Common Craft website that is focused on one thing: sharing short, snarky and useful explanation tips. The site exists in two forms: Explain That Sh*t (Not-Safe-For-Work, Language) Explain That Idea (Work-Safe) Along with providing a way to learn about explanation, the sites are meant for sharing explanation tips.  You can click the Twitter icon on any tip and the site will copy that tip into a tweet for you. Here's the site on computers and phones: Backstory: A few... Continue Reading