The Curse of Knowledge - Really?

Joe Gilbert

During a class yesterday, I failed to clearly communicate the fact that during the next exercise we would fire three or four rounds with our dominant hand, transfer the gun to our non-dominant hand, fire three or four rounds, execute a reload and repeat.  In my mind I clearly explained that I wanted them to shoot with one hand only. Two of the Six fired using both hands.  That's a whopping 33% of the group who did not hear what I thought I said!  This is illustrative of Vicki Farnam's point about the difference in communication techniques best suited for a particular audience.

I did a little further research and found an article in the Harvard Business Review that explains the importance of transferring knowledge through the use of solid communication strategies.  I’ll do better next time.  

Enjoy:  The Curse Of Knowledge



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