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Top Down Thinking explained
Transcript of Top Down Thinking explained
A permanently different way of thinking
An ability to formulate the right conclusions, deciding the point that you want to make and getting the structure right before you start to write/speak
The skill to communicate insights in a way that involves the reader or listener and encourages them to agree with your conclusions because of your impeccable logic
A lowered tendency to fall into ambiguity or misunderstanding when you communicate Do you ever get emails that read like this. . . . . . .when this is so much more effective Situation Which benefits do i get from TDT ? Complication: Its not only about writing What will you remember ? And when you structure it like this ? Group experiment Group ideas logically before presenting them to an audience Summarise ideas into groups
Aim for no more than five ideas in any group
(Based on the research of George A Miller, who suggested the upper limit of short term memory is 7 plus or minus 2.)
Arrange the groups into a logical tiered structure How can i learn and use this method in the most efficient way ? Make use of rules Ideas at any one level must clearly be summaries of the ideas grouped below, not different ideas
Never show a list without first showing the summarising ideas
Groups of ideas must be presented in an understandably logical sequence
The main summarising idea of the whole communication is called the ‘Governing Thought’, the list in the tier below is called the ‘key line’
Summarising ideas lead to hierarchies of presentation: the Governing Thought becomes the title of the document or presentation and the key line becomes the chapter headings, etc. Understand how to navigate through levels of abstraction The disciplines of TDT actually teach the user to think better and more clearly, in a different way:
They learn to rise up from the detail to identify the summarising idea
They learn when to drop back down and give detail to support the key ideas
They learn how to flex between the levels big picture helicopter view v detailed v holistic grasp of totality Recognizable ? Determining the SCQA: This is the basis for all your communication Example SCQA:
Situation, Every major industry was once a growth industry
Complication, Many industries have stopped growing
Anwsers, Growth has stopped because of failure of management email@example.com