Posts Tagged ‘Language’

111- Explain like Iā€™m five

#Language can be alienating.

The more depth we have of a subject matter, the greater the tendency to use complex words.

Speaking with an extensive vocabulary can be an advantage when speaking to our tribe. It allows us to communicate with greater specificity in a shorter amount of time.

But when speaking to the layman, it has the opposite effect. It removes them from the present, makes it harder to follow the conversation, and almost guarantees that context gets lost in translation.

A better strategy is to intentionally explain things as if you were speaking to a five-year-old. The best teachers do it all the time, and it also helps us challenge our comprehension of a subject we might take for granted.