CommPlexity: Communicating Complex Ideas - Part 1: Well Told..
We are pre-programmed to be moved by stories. Some stories are more powerful than others. In these “Great Stories” modules, you’ll learn how to design strong narratives that connect with others, prompting them to enlist, subscribe, buy, or otherwise commit.
CommPlexity: Communicating Complex Ideas through Great Stories Well Told
The best ideas and solutions paint a picture of a future that others can see, others can feel. They allow us to envision that future state and think, “life will be better when we get there!” Well-articulated ideas and solutions outline a clear call for action, some specific first steps we can take together to start down a new pathway. When our ideas and solutions address complex issues, clear pictures of destinations and pathways can be difficult to communicate.
That’s why we offer CommPlexity, a series of powerful learning experiences that will equip you to clearly communicate complex issues and your ideas, solutions, and strategies for addressing them. CommPlexity is based on a proven methodology developed by organizational consultant Bob Sadler. We are thankful for Bob’s expertise and gracious generosity in helping us develop CommPlexity.
These learning experiences are designed especially for leaders who work in science, technology, sales, economic development, government, social change, and other complex fields. Here are some of the situations in which the competencies learned in a CommPlexity workshop have been effectively applied:
- A researcher presents findings or makes an appeal for funding
- A tech entrepreneur pitches a business plan
- An economic development professional shares a strategy for regional growth
- An IT manager implements a new solution across the enterprise
- A government leader explains a new policy initiative
- A civic leader builds new networks for complex collaborations
Scott Hutcheson, PhD has spent 25 years helping current and future leaders design, manage, and strategically transform complex organisations and ecosystems to make them more adaptive, innovative, and competitive. He’s has been engaged by over 500 organisations from industry, the public sector, higher education, and nonprofits from across the U.S. and internationally. He has worked with the White House, Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, USDA, and other federal agencies in the design and execution of strategies for managing complex challenges related to economic competitiveness, innovation, and public health. He teaches for Purdue University and serves as a visiting faculty member at other universities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Scott designs and delivers courses and learning experiences that have a global reach. He's taught thousands of learners from over 140 countries. Scott writes for academic journals, magazines, and newspapers. His latest book Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership (Wiley). It was a #1 Amazon New Release and was named one of the Best Business Books of 2019.
StartVideo 1: Introduction (3:02)
StartVideo 2: We All Use Metaphors…a lot (1:50)
StartVideo 3: Designing Your Own Metaphor (4:16)
StartVideo 4: Extending Metaphors (2:22)
StartVideo 5: Criteria for a Strong Metaphor (3:31)
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If you are interested in learning to become a better presenter or if you just want to invest in yourself to be able to tell great narratives that help you in a professional context? We would recommend the Executive Presence Experience. This is an online guided course delivered by Scott Hutcheson who will coach you the fine art of presenting and connecting with your audience.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact us via [email protected]