A has to do with B

Until the beginning of 2020, I gave face-to-face training sessions.

With name plates and flipcharts. With coffee pots and cheese sandwiches for lunch.

I can hardly imagine it anymore.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, I mainly see training participants on Zoom and Teams.

That has its drawbacks, but not only…

In online sessions, I started to discuss one communication technique much more often. And that worked out so well that I thought, why haven’t I done this before?

The technique is called ‘stringing’.

When you string, you connect a term you introduce to a term you’ve already used.

For example:

  • As you grow older, your working memory deteriorates.
  • This working memory deteriorates when certain brain circuits become less well connected.
  • The decreased connectivity in these brain circuits is the result of problems with two so-called theta interactions.

A has to do with B, B with C, C with D. Etcetera.

On a shared screen, I use colors to analyze a text or a bullet list in this way. You usually don’t have a whole piece of text ready on a flipchart, do you?

Stringing is a simple technique, but it often greatly improves the flow and comprehensibility of a story.

So: string!



PS Want to know more about stringing? I wrote this article about it.