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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius says, even Leonardo Da Vinci said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” So what do these two people mean? Have you ever struggled to put complex ideas into simple concepts? Our lives are ruled by complex concepts and learning, which only seem to complicate and expand the closer we examine them.
Here are some tips for you to explain complex ideas simply ~
- Use little technical language. Try not to use too much technical language, if you do, make sure it is absolutely necessary in order to help the audience understand or appreciate your point – and ensure that you explain the word or term immediately afterwards.
- Remember that there is a difference between using language that is simple (easy to understand), and simplistic (treating the problem as if it is not actually very complex at all). Keep your words simple and clear, and use real-life examples and illustrations where possible. But don’t patronise your audience by pretending that something is not as complicated as it really is.
- Mirror effect. Good body language is crucial to keeping an audience engaged and interested. If you look alert but relaxed, your audience will mirror this and feel the same way. Stand up straight, but relax any tension or stiffness in your body with breathing techniques. It’s a good idea to gesture with your hands in such a way that helps to make clear what you are explaining – but only do this if it feels natural, waving your arms around unnecessarily may distract people from their focus.
- Use imagery. They say that a picture paints a thousand words, and that’s true for the images we create through words. If you can get an audience to really ‘see’ what you’re trying to explain, they will not only be able to understand it better, but they will also remember it. Analogies and metaphors work well, a good metaphor for a complex topic will stay in people’s minds forever.
- Break your concept down into manageable parts. Think of your talk as a series of stepping stones, and imagine yourself hopping easily from one stone to another. If one stone becomes wobbly or is washed away, you can simply jump forwards, sideways, or even backwards. Your journey to the other side will remain intact. If you can think of your talk as a series of self-contained mini-talks, then if one part goes wrong, gets forgotten, or simply doesn’t feel like it’s working on the day, you can go back to other section to bridge the gap.
- Dissect the information to understand and explain it simply. Link parts of information with other parts to find connections and reasoning. How do the concepts link?
- Identify the topic and conduct research. Gather as much information as you can find on your particular topic and write down what you aim to discover. What is the aim for converting your idea from complex to simple form?
- Clarify. Ask for feedback from the person or people you are conveying the concept or idea to, what did they gather from what you are saying? It is okay to repeat your words again until they are understood, sometimes knowledge takes time to digest and sink in.
We hope this helped give you some insights into simplifying your communication to convey concepts. If you have any ideas on how to form simple concepts from complex ideas feel free to leave your comments below.