Making them work, but hide it

Yesterday, I was listening to a TED talk by Andrew Stanton about storytelling.  This talk, like most TED talks, was inspiring in general and I got a nugget of amazing wisdom.  My paraphrasing of it is that people like to work, but they don’t like to know they are working.  While it is classic Tom Sawyer wisdom, it was a fresh spark for me because he connected this idea to story telling and learning.

Sometimes I find participants get frustrated when the answers are not being directly given to them.  And yet, they also get frustrated when the answers are given to them directly.  By framing a learning workshop as a story telling experience it allows more space for intentional build up, plot twists, and engagement.

I am excited to have this nugget of wisdom to contemplate and apply.

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