Listen To Your Readers

Listen to your readers what does that mean so I thought that’d be nice to your readers and once you’d be nice to them you they want to listen to them so find guinea pigs and get them to read your paper now what’s a guinea-pig your guinea pig is a friend of yours who is willing to do you the honor of reading your paper so it’s like inoculating them with a drug right and you see where they fall over dead or squeak or what they do but you only have a limited supply of guinea pigs right so if you inoculate them all with the same paper then you don’t have the opportunity to recycle them so because once they’ve read it once they’re kind of immune they will never be able to read your paper again for the first time by definition so don’t use your friends up too quickly use them kind of one at a time or maybe two at a time the other thing is you need to explain very carefully to them what you want for them. Discover how to talk with your reader onĀ Edusson.

It’s a my experience is constantly that if I give a paper to a friend of mine and say you know would you be kind enough to read this for me what they will tell me is this word is misspelled there’s a comma missing there the grammar in this sentence is not great did I want to know that when my paper is 99% complete absolutely yes but at every previous stage absolutely no what I want to know from them is I got lost in Section three do my friends tell me that you bet they don’t because they feel stupid right they got lost in Section three so they think are well Simon’s expert friends will all understand that you know I’m just an idiot but that’s not true right they are your guinea pigs you are trying to find where they get lost so you must tell them very carefully and unmistakable terms what I want to know is where you got lost or where you got unmotivated or where you thought is not my worth carrying on.

And then because they’re a friend of yours and you may be nearby you can get into the room with them and you say well where did you get lost and they say it’s here and you could say well suppose I explained it like this you get on the whiteboard and often ten minutes later they say ah now I understand why didn’t you say that you think ah why didn’t I say that so when you’re in this dialogue try to listen to yourself to see how you explained to your friend how to get over that little bump and then instead of and then put that explanation in your paper see what I mean in other words don’t treat it as being an exercise in you educating them in how stupid they were instead treated as an exercise in you learning from them what would be a good way to explain it you see the difference.