Now, you’re probably wondering why a blog titled “Why People Don’t Understand You” has a picture of Stephen Hawking. Well, this post was actually inspired by his book “A Brief History of Time”.

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In this book Stephen Hawking talks about some of the most complicated theories known to mankind, as the cover suggests, it covers everything from the big bang to black holes. He talks in detail about scientific principles and theories that some of the greatest minds alive are still trying to understand.

My science knowledge is limited and although I enjoyed the subject at school I didn’t carry it on past GCSE’s, however I found myself engrossed in this book. I was amazed by the stories he told and the theories he explained. I listened intently to learn more and more.

The reason I enjoyed this book so much is the same reason it is a best seller – everyone can understand it.

As I listened to the audiobook I was amazed by the way he could make something so complex sound so simple and it opened my eyes to value in being able to communicate this way.

There’s nothing more frustrating than have an amazing idea or thought and attempting to tell someone about it but they don’t get as excited as you do. Chances are they don’t understand it as you do.

This reminds of me something my A-level tutors told me when we first began to write essays – “assume the reader is a beginner and explain everything”. Whilst this can be laborious it has value and ensures you get your message across.

If you want people to be engaged and excited by what you’re saying you must make sure that your wording is appropriate and your explanations are clear, otherwise they will lose focus. Just think back to the last time someone tried to explain something complicated to you and you couldn’t follow – for me that’s probably my last lecture! – I bet you lost interest and disengaged from the person talking.

So the next time you need to explain something complicated or share a thought you’ve had, just think ‘how would Stephen Hawking explain this?’ and you’re good to go!