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This book by Common Craft founder Lee LeFever is a simple guide to turning complex ideas into easy-to-understand explanations. Learn the strategies that. The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who “Chief Explainer” Lee LeFever with his book The Art of Explanation: Making. Lee LeFever. Art Explanation Lee LeFever is the co-founder of Common Craft and author of The Art of Explanation. Since , Common Craft.

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The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand

Had to skip through some parts. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Two with little interest, six with interest, and two experts.

Too many choices can cause us to feel overwhelmed and lose confidence that we can make the right one. In the same way in which books on presentations stress the importance of practice, LeFever reminds readers of the critical need for planning before attempting to craft an explanation. Skip links Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer. In order to counter the curse of knowledge, take your time to know your audience very well. Jul 29, Greg rated it it was ok.

Or better 20 times. It took some time and caused me to focus on the fundamentals.

Like any skill, your ability to help people understand the world around them can be improved. These can be non-controversial ideas that most people in the audience will find accurate and provable.


So what I wanted was more conversational techniques, information about what agt of phrases and strategies cause confusion, how to recover from making an unclear statement, etc.

We want conflict and characters. Christian educators will notice aspects of the Christian enculturation process in LeFever’s process.

Lee LeFever: The Art of Explanation – Time to Shine Podcast

A skilled explainer learns to see the intent behind the question and formulate explaantion answer that focuses lefevet understanding instead of efficiency. Useful as a reference, but not as impactful as I hoped it would be. Want to Read saving…. The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation Your guide to becoming an explanation specialist. Jul 14, Siran added it. A team of people who specialize in explaining things via short videos didn’t have to stretch this book for so many for such a book pages.

Official Website – The Art of Explanation, a book by Lee LeFever

Feb 28, Juan rated it really liked it. Elements of a Common Craft script: I find the illustrations helpful, especially the visual aid of the A-Z scale of understanding and the objective of helping others progress along that scale. Nov 13, Sam Motes rated it really explanatio it Shelves: In order to explain, one must get out of their bubble culture and place themselves in the shoes of their target audience the other culture and build explanation built upon the audience’s prior understanding.

Even if you don’t learn any new explznation or ideas by reading this, it still makes you more mindful of how you explain. I was looking for more than I found. Request permission to reuse content from this site.


The more you know about a subject, the harder it pee to imagine what is not knowing it. This wasn’t a worthless read, and I may even reference a few things in the future. We want context and resolution. I’m not saying it didn’t have good points and thought-provoking pieces to it, but I spent money on a book about explaining and got a book that I probably could have written myself.

I actually went through LeFeve’s explaining process, step-by-step, kefever explain a major point I was attempting to explain to a group of religious educators.

Apr 25, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: Stories give facts meaning. I found this book helpful to explain explaining to Christian religious educators, w LeFever’s company, CommonCraft, started with the task of explaining technical developments or products to non-technical people.

The Art of Explanation – Making Your Ideas, Products and Services Easier to Understand

IN both cases, the “explainers” are perceived as living on another planet. Play in new window Download Duration: Suddenly, what was once an overwhelming selection becomes more defined and useful. The Common Craft folks, purveyors of videos that explain things, define their niche and show exactly how it’s done.