For 9.5.17

Craft 2: Audience and conversation

Revise your reading of this chapter’s main argument, the three ways of writing, and where you concentrate on understanding the third, research way, “understanding”

  • Describe briefly how a classmate explained the three ways of writing in an admirable way and what you learned from her
  • Explain the three different stories in your own terms (and maybe differently than last week)

Craft 3: From topics to questions

In this first, initial reading of the third chapter, “From Topics to Questions,” survey the chapters overall shape to identify what is there (not all of it will you be able to do

  • This first reading is skimming and scanning, to gather the overall shape: next we will select parts to examine more closely
  • In your outline, write down sub-heads for the parts that make sense
  • Then, choosing two of them (only), read the paragraphs closely and explain them to yourself
  • When you explain to yourself, lift your eyes off the page and compare what is new to what you know

Mastering Outlining

Develop your outlining and MS Word document skills

  • Following the Outlining Checklist, explore one or more things that are new and write up what you’ve learned in a way that makes sense to you (this is for you, not me)

Find great images on your topic and explain one of them

A picture is better than a thousand words, and images can help you examine, explore, and discuss concepts that are not easily understood with words

  • View Google Parisian Love and How Search Works to warm up to this lesson
  • Using Google Image Search, search for images on your topic like you would search for new articles and save 7 or more to a special folder; rename them for easy search and recall
  • Choose one and rename with an asterisk or underline so it sorts first
  • Resize to 240 pixels wide, past it in your Word file, and place it in the center with no text on either side so you can easily write below it
  • Then read the text, exploring what is there, and take me on a walk through its riches

Making Definitions your own

In the example we discussed, when enforcing a contract you need to define your terms carefully and that involves making finer distinctions than many of us are used to, so this is practice for examining business practices more closely

  • For your chosen definition, explore In your own words how differently each of the four dictionaries explains it

Idea Management

We have discussed how brilliant we all are in our normal language, but how we lose this brilliance if we don’t write things down before we forget them and how we lose things if we try to force them into prose

  • Wrap your head around the idea that your texting is a sign of your brilliance, including the asking and answering of questions with your audience, interpretations, and commentary, by watching no film school
  • Learn how you might better “capture” your thoughts by practicing note-taking “on the fly,” on your way here and there, just like you text, but this time sending your thoughts to your email, a twitter feed, a reminders list, or a simple note-pad
  • In particular, practice capturing your thoughts in those internal conversations we all have, like Robert De Nero in Taxi Driver, his you talkin’ to me? scene
  • Following our discussion of how differently we think, you might ask or “prompt” yourself by asking questions like “what do I think about this,” “what do I feel about this”, and “what do others say about it.” Send these observations along to your database or notebook as well
  • Later, combine them in your outline as a list, and at the end write up how your ideas have changed

Idea or knowledge management is a huge topic in business application systems, and before we look at technologies that firms use to organize such things it might be good to examine our own problems and methods a bit better

Time Management

Some of you are finding it difficult to keep up with this class because, so you have explained, you are putting thing off to later and then running out of time. We have discussed how this is perfectly normal, that we all have the problem of organizing our time better, and that sometimes it is good to slow down and try to organize ourselves a little bit better

  • Find one thing differently you might do to organize your time better (homework by Sunday as a goal), like taking a moment to set up a calendar or practice prioritizing in a different way
  • Sometimes it is helpful to read what the experts say, so take a moment to look up “HBR productivity” and read what top managers are thinking about this (really, everybody works on this at some point)
  • Try implementing your new methods and writing up what happened and what you learned from it

Time management problems are important for you, as you work load increases, and for managers, as they must work with others. Before we look at how business application systems can help organize such things, we prepare by examining our own problems and methods