When people don’t get our message, we’re used to adding more detail. Give more examples. Explain it a little longer. (And louder.)
And in doing this we dismiss the possibility that that’s exactly the problem.
It’s been too complex from the start. Too much detail. Too much information.
We made it harder than it should be to get what we mean.
Instead of cutting to the core, tuning in to our audience’s language, and focussing on what matters to them, we bombarded them with more and more stuff.
But that’s the lazy thing to do. Adding stuff is easy. What’s much more work is to listen carefully to our audience so that we get them rather than forcing them to get us.
And when we do get them, we can find that perfect story that just nails it and gets their attention right from the start.
Of course, finding this one story often is a lot more work than finding those thirty halfway decent ones. But it’s so much more worthwhile.