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Strategies to simplify the explanations of what you do.

Imagine, you are out on a great event enjoying yourself.

You meet someone cool who works in a different industry and they ask you what to do.

You want to impress them and explain in detail about the cool things that you are working with.

But, their eyes lose focus and they start to look around the room.

You try even harder and explain some more.

They do not interrupt you, but as soon as someone passes by they find an excuse to leave. 💤

Have you ever experienced this? 🤷‍♀️

As a professional, the ability to explain complex concepts to others is a crucial skill, especially for #ProductManagers who may need to communicate with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

However, most of us have been in situations where we have overwhelmed someone with too much detail.

Check out the strategies I use to simplify the explanations:

1) I write down my pitch and create myself an FAQ with answers to potential questions from stakeholders.

2) I summarize what I want to say - and then summarize again until the text is maximum 10 sentences.

3) Draw a diagram using drawing functions only. This limits me to the simplest shapes and forces me to focus on the important aspects.

4) Explain what I do to a child (or to my mom!)

Another way is to ask AI to help you however, I personally find that being able to work through a complex concept and manage to simplify it helps to improve your own thinking.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to simplify your message?

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