Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Have trouble summarizing? Try haiku.

There are people that have trouble summarizing things: business plans, arguments, feelings, etc. -- I suggest that they try haiku. Haiku requires that you follow a strict structure that consists of the following:

5 syllables

7 syllables

5 syllables

Don't misunderstand my intention: I'm not trying to make you sound like Confucious by strictly adhering to the rules, rather it is the process of distillation that can make for strong summaries (putting a haiku at the top of an executive summary might not earn you too many points, while sending someone you love a haiku might earn you big points).

Often summaries

Are hardest to create

Without discipline

I like to use whiteboards to write down haikus as they can be easily erased, changed, and modified.

Wikipedia -- Haiku 

No comments: