How It Works
1. Identify a concept you need to explain and really understand. This could be an issue you want your boss to take note of, a customer insight you want your team to absorb, or an idea you need to present at a big meeting.
2. Take 30 minutes and grab a piece of paper and put the name of your concept at the top. Then, imagine that you are creating a cheat sheet for an eight-year-old on this topic. Using plain language (no business jargon) define the concept, draw specific aspects out, and provide examples of your concept in practice.
3. As you write everything out, note any areas that tripped you up or that you were shaky on. Then, spend a few minutes reviewing your notes or sources on each of those areas to make sure your understanding is solid.
4. Next, review your cheat sheet once again and circle any jargon or complicated terms. Force yourself to rework those sections by incorporating simple language that a kid would relate to.
5. Finally, go back to the slides or talking points you had planned for your meeting and see how they compare to your cheat sheet. Look for places to simplify and rework accordingly.
Source: Farnam Street