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How to Simplify Complex Content


How to Simplify Complex Content

Have you ever tried to explain something complex in a simple way - only to find you’ve confused your audience even more!


Read these sentences:


The dog is in front of the cat. The mouse is behind

the bird. The cat is on the left of the mouse.


Confused? Each sentence requires a new image which makes your brain have to reengage each time to understand.


But if we swap the last two sentences we ease the readability:


The dog is in front of the cat. The cat is on the

left of the mouse. The mouse is behind the bird.


Threading is when you thread your sentences together by connecting a new concept to an old one or one that your audience is already familiar with. by adjoining the end of a sentence with the beginning of the next sentence, each new concept is linked to the previous sentence and ensures your audience follows along. (Ehrlich & Johnson-

Laird, 1982, p. 296).


Threading how to simplify complex

Your story starts to flow like a funnel where it moves from broad (general) to narrow (specific). By improving the flow you'll also improve the readability of your writing


This technique works well with data and technical information.


Try it.






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