Fill, don’t preach.
The interwebs are flooded with articles titled as “15 things you should know about…”, “7 ways to be better at…”, etc.
The sheer number of “life coaches” out there baffles me.
For me, I can only tell others what worked or didn’t work from personal experience. It’s like when posting a programming bug on Stackflow, the standard etiquette is to include information on one’s coding environment (wearing the nerdy developer hat now).
There is no one-size-fit-all solution. Therefore, these “15 things you should know…” tips are robbing people of the capabilities of independent thinking and imagining the “impossible”. We live in an era of fast-food, bite-sized, unaudited “knowledge”, resulting in fewer and fewer people challenging the status quo.
Plus, nobody is absolutely correct about anything. Much like democracy — we try our best to set up what we think is a fair system, and if it gives us a president who doesn’t release his tax returns, then so be it. But I digress. The point is that unlike a Math problem, there are no teachers or right/wrong answers, only experiences and consequences.
Real, meaningful conversations/discussions with background information on the panelists is a much better way to pass down human knowledge. (Ping me if you think of a way to execute this. Happy to hash out something together.)
Whatever happened to the writers’ tip of “connecting with your audience emotionally, fill the story with your professional knowledge, but don’t preach”? (Steven King)
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