Coping with the Curse

To overcome the Curse of Knowledge (described in my last blog post), I found the following suggestions from several authors and researchers:

  • Concrete Language: Use concrete language by translating concepts and ideas into specific, detailed descriptions or stories.
  • Why Questions: Ask a series of at least three “why” questions to move from talking about what is important to why it is important.
  • Simplify Explanation: Paraphrase the information to force yourself to process its meaning more deeply, which will make you more aware of what is needed for better comprehension.
  • Focus on Audience Needs: Put the needs of the audience first. Resist the temptation to use complicated vocabulary, jargon or acronyms. Show a draft to another person who can provide honest feedback.

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