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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Open Preview See a Problem? Oct 28, Drew rated it really liked it. Using simple elements, create an explanation strategy that builds expllanation and motivates your audience. A must-read for communicators, or anyone who has to explain explnation, concepts or presents.

IN both cases, the “explainers” are perceived as living on another planet. Like any skill, your ability to help people understand the world around them can be improved. Jul 29, Greg rated it it was ok. Part of our brain becomes devoted to processing that information.

Leaders who are preparing to lead a change initiative, for example, can use a great explanation to help calm the explanstion tide of employee fears that often accompany a new direction. Oct 03, Nurlan Imangaliyev rated it liked it Shelves: Useful as a reference, but not as impactful as I hoped it would be.

Which, yet again, is not to say that this book was worthless. LeFever’s company, CommonCraft, started with the task of explaining technical developments or products to non-technical people. In a book by Barry Schwartz Paradox of Choice there are examples of when too much choice leads to unhappiness.

You only want a tie that is dark green and has a simple design. In the end, I created a video and – to my real surprise – was very effective in communicating my point.


In my book, good business books either change your way of thinking or make you want to lefeber, and this one does both, in a relatively short volume. There are good points that can be applied to my own situation. Learn explanation basics, what causes them to fail and how to diagnose explanation problems. He provides five questions you should ask yourself to help make your explanation more effective.

Your email address will not be published. The Art of Explanation: You will learn to: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We want context and resolution. However, using the method again and again to explain the concept of the book makes it repetitive, especially for readers who want quick action steps.

This book gave me so much confidence in my abilities to explain something to people. No trivia or quizzes yet. These can be non-controversial ideas that most people in the audience will find accurate and provable.

In essence, LeFever, unpacks the explanation process. An explanation describes facts in a way that makes them understandable. To attempt to do so is deception. I don’t have three weeks to refine a simplified message for my audience, and the possible result of expoanation the more advanced audience members is that nothing ever gets done because we never talk about the true nature of the issue. In order to counter the curse of knowledge, take your time to know your audience very well.

Description Your guide to becoming an explanation specialist. Huge waste of time. I think there is similarity between Lefeveer original task of explaining technical developments to non-technical folks and the task of Christians to explain aspects of Christianity. If anyone has ever had an engineer or IT person try to explain something to them you know how frustrating it is to be on the receiving end of their communication!


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

This book wasn’t that specific. The Art of Explanation is the result of years of trial and error to find the core of what makes explanations simple, effective and of greatest importance memorable.

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

Along the way, I wondered if the process would work. The intent of an explanation is to increase understanding.

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

Christian educators will notice aspects of the Christian enculturation process in LeFever’s process. Today, Common Craft produces educational guides, ready-made videos and visuals that are used by educators in over 50 countries.

Just a moment while we expanation you in to your Goodreads account. P A must-read for communicators, or anyone who has to explain information, concepts or presents.

A skilled explainer learns to see the intent behind the question and formulate an answer that focuses on understanding instead of efficiency.

In most cases, developing explanztion can be a simple matter of making a few declarative statements. Great book with no none-sense approach to crafting highly effective explanations that help people just get it! Elements of a Common Craft script: This book does several things well in its three main parts, planning, packaging, and presenting explanations.

I’ll be recommending it to others at the office.