How to Explain Complex Ideas (Like Tech) to Those Who Don't Understand
Generally speaking, if they're interested, they'll learn better, focus more, and actually take something away from the conversation.
Some people want you to do the work for them and can't be bothered with learning. Before you start, ask them if they want to learn.
SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:
It comprises the facts without necessarily showing clarity to a situation.
Carefully check that the logic of your case is clearly explained. Observation or even intuition can create an initial structure for explaining a complex problem such as an issue.
Pictures, visuals and images offer your audience an invaluable way of remembering the relationships between different variables. The right visual offers an easy way to see, internalize and later recall even complicated information.
When trying to explain complex information to an audience, the first task is to get the content of what you're saying right.
How we communicate is also crucial. When someone is speaking, most of the information we receive comes through their body language, enthusiasm and tone of voice. It's our overall experience of the speaker that counts.
Try not to use 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.
Keep your words as simple and clear as possible, and use real-life examples and illustrations where possible. But don’t patronize your audience.
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.
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, and try not to wave your arms around unnecessarily.
Presenting information is never about the presenter--it's always about the audience.
Get to know who they are, in order to use their common knowledge and experience: What's most important to them? What motivates them? What's their background? How do they prefer to communicate? What "language" do they tend to use?
To have a better chance of making complex information memorable, ask yourself these 2 questions:
The way you frame your information matters--the language, terms, and examples you choose to use will have a huge impact on what your audience remembers and understands.
Paint a verbal picture. You will make the problem tangible, and the solution appealing.