How to Effectively Communicate Complex Ideas

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It happens all too often. I see investors come in and steal the credit from brilliant technologists who failed to communicate the value of their tech. Is this really stealing though? How much is good communication worth? Millions.

If I have a new tool and I want to protect my equity, I’d better be able to:

  • Clearly explain how it works (Can I explain it to a child?)
  • Fluently answer questions on market potential
  • Navigate my way through my first customers
  • Fully understand funding: seed, warrants and Series A (if I’m taking the financing route)

What sits at the heart of all this? Value communication. That’s what investors do. They communicate value within their circles to raise money. The more room you give to investors to develop resources, the more value you hand over to them.

A chimp could understand it

My communication method is “Reduce, Refine, Repeat.” It’s like I toggle back and forth from the primitive ape me and the highly intellectual me until the ideas gel into one.

I continuously make things simpler. I’m going to spoon feed the king lobster so the client doesn’t have to crack it apart piece by piece. If I do this, I’ll have the king’s favor. The easier I make something to understand the more people will spread the word. Why do politicians speak at a third grade level? Simple spreads.

This skill makes you money

Remember the Feynman Technique? The best way to explain complex ideas is with brief and simple terms. If you can’t do this, then you don’t understand the topic.

As CTO, if you can’t explain value simply, it means you don’t understand the business value behind your technology. It doesn’t matter if you understand it internally. If you can’t communicate it simply, to the outside world, you don’t understand. A savvy investor, however, will pick out the value in a heartbeat.Ultimately, you’ll pay for their ability to effectively communicate the value of what you are doing.

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Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist executing the Modern CTO World Tour. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

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