Learn how a story is going to help you make your final recommendation and see what a good story looks like
- Once you have an architecture,…you need to turn it into a story.…A story is a longhand draft of your argument.…I emphasize the word draft because it's going to change.…When you write your story down, write it down…on scratch paper or in an email or in Word…and get the narrative to flow.…There are a few guiding principles I'd like you…to follow as you generate your story.…First, keep it simple.…It's easier to understand if you use…shorter words and shorter sentences.…
Your audience will be able to follow it.…Second, don't overinvest in perfecting…the story at this stage.…You should not be wordsmithing.…If you're trying to figure out if you should say,…"significantly" or "substantially," just say,…"a lot" and move on with life.…Because the story might change,…you may talk to one person or do one analysis…and find out it's not significantly, it's actually negative,…and all that time you spent wordsmithing was wasted effort.…
The story will look more like an outline…than it will look like prose.…You're going to have major points and then subpoints…
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- Using the Structured Thought and Communication method
- Selecting an architecture style for your idea
- Testing your idea
- Refining your idea into a story
- Identifying the required facts
- Proving and disproving hypotheses
- Choosing a communication format
- Finalizing your presentation