According to a 2015 Sage Journal study, in order for someone to learn and retain information, “it takes much more than simply hearing about a topic.” Telling may lead to dependence where individuals don't learn to think, act, and solve problems on their own. But teaching entails developing knowledge based on self-reflection and finding solutions on your own.

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Reflect on how to do a walkthrough of complex ideas

Learning how to do a walkthrough of complex ideas is fundamental in developing and honing your communication skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Do you teach by showing or telling?

Exercises to help you do a walkthrough of complex ideas

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your communication skills can allow you to do a walkthrough of complex ideas.  

  • Encourage your team members to explore the necessary documents, tools, or resources before the meeting. Share your material with your team early, so they can come in with questions.
  • Provide context before jumping into the project. Define the important terms, metrics, goals, and expectations. As well as, your team’s direct impact on the project.
  • Walk your team through the concept you’re trying to explain. If you’re virtually sharing your idea, consider sharing your screen so your team can easily follow along.

Additional resources to help you do a walkthrough of complex ideas

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