Over control and obsession with health and safety is the biggest killer of creativity. And it seems parents in the UK have become masters of it, but not so in Germany and Denmark. Maybe as this video suggests, because they were able to observe what kids were doing on bomb sites after the war. It’s tempting to link this with a lower child suicide rate in these countries too. Whatever your parental notions are, the lessons for creativity are clear. It’s a messy business and if you over protect you ultimately stifle.
In his eloquent argument for the hands on physician, Verghese also gives us a masterclass in case history telling, weaving as he does, one story into the next. He also touches on the quintessential case history expert, the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. Enjoy.
One of the problems mobiles responsive sizing gives us is that we’re never sure exactly what is going to appear as the final result. Pictures have to be created so that the subject of the picture is in the centre. That limits things considerably. And there’s even more trouble when you start putting type messages in respsonsive situations.
You want the message to appear as Acme is proud to sponsor World Aid . But what you actually see in certain screens is different.
Acme is proud to ponsor id. The truncation is worse than meaningless. It makes the brain work hard to guess something that probably wasn’t very interesting in the first place. The Two Ronnies nailed the experience with this classic sketch.
Until Linkedin produces responsive banners the advice has to be don’t put type in the banner head.
According to McEnerney, every successful piece of academic writing has the same structure. It goes like this:
“You and many others think X. But I’m here to tell you that you and they, are wrong.” By the end of the paper you have been sold Y which is right. And being corrected represents the value exchange for the effort you’ve put into reading it.
On the Copycourse, we don’t see that as very different from a piece of marketing writing. Marketing writing goes as follows:
“You’ve be doing X. But X is something of a problem. We’re here to tell you there it’s easier if you do Y.”
By the end of the marketing communication you have been sold Y. And the possibility of having a marginally better or easier life represents the value exchange for paying attention to the message.
So in case you’ve ever wondered about the difference between marketing communication and academic communication, the answer is that fundamentally they’re the same structure.
When you’re in a competitive market, position yourself. Do it anyway you can but especially by tone of voice. Nothing gives the audience a faster understanding of the role you want to play in their lives.
Great case histories always have a moment of brilliance that’s clearly defined. Like in a detective story, they have a precise motive, an instrument, a time and a place. When Michelle Mone OBE talks about where she got the idea for her push up bras from, she tells an amazingly detailed story.
Listening to her talk on Radio 4 today, she explains how she was at a dinner dance with an uncomfortable push up bra. So uncomfortable, in fact, that she had to go in to the ladies toilet to take it off. And while doing that, she decided it was time to create something that worked for women who wanted cleavage.
So if you’re trying to write or interview for a great case history, see if you can establish the exact motive, instrument time and place of the moment of brilliance. It will make your story a whole lot more sexy.
Beneath all the flab on show there’s something quite subtle about this idea. The premise of being a Bollywood belly dancer is that you’ve got to enough fat to jiggle. So by celebrating belly dancing, you’re providing a neat piece of subliminal logic; namely other cultures are okay with a bit of extra flesh. It’s just the west where we’ve all gone anorexic.