Information is nothing… How information impacts us is everything. Context determines its impact.
Exformation… Term coined by Danish writer Tor Norretranders for missing information in communication. Exformation is the information used to convey context that is now implied. Information is measureable; Exformation is not
Elegant Communication Requires the omission of needless information…. Our only clue lies in the degree of elegance in the finished product.
Context by omission… Great writing requires rejecting many iterations. Poetry that evokes mental pictures and deep feelings with few words. A glance between lovers speaks volumes.
Ask Me… I will listen to what you say. You and I can turn and look at the silent river and wait. We know the current is there, hidden; and there are comings and goings from miles away that hold the stillness exactly before us. What the river says, that is what I say. — William Stafford —
Facilitate Exformation… Slow down and breathe When we slow our output, ideas have time to bubble to the surface with increased clarity. Clearer thoughts and images are easier to describe in clear terms.
Tune in to your Senses Some people talk on autopilot. Speaking while fully absorbed in our thoughts isolates us. To listen to yourself speak is to be aware of the world around you. Facilitate Exformation…
Ask speaker for a metaphor. Ask speaker to share an example or a personal experience. Ask for the essence in simple language. Provide an exformative presentation format like Pecha Kucha. Facilitate Exformation for Others
Re-engage with Experience Go on an information fast for a week. Share meaning when you communicate as well as information. Practice silence in communication. In a world struggling to find meaning; embrace Exformation.
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