I read a piece of a post from a Pilates teacher that I follow and admire. She said something to the effect of “if you can’t explain in three short sentences or less, you don’t really know what you’re talking about.” This was so intriguing to me – a MASSIVE talker – that I stopped reading that moment and began to contemplate how I instruct, how I answer questions and how much can I respond fully in three sentences or less. I haven’t reread the post in case I misunderstood her meaning – I’m enjoying the intrigue too much.
I process verbally (though I learn through multiple modalities – primarily reading, watching, practicing). As early as first or second grade I was getting conduct letters that I talked too much in school. Every job (until I got into the people business) was the same, performance reviews stating I was distracting other workers by chatting (and that I got all of my work done ahead of schedule… I can’t help it if I over achieve in order to socialize).
If you do a session with me, many times before I make a correction I’ll be asking you to make some small adjustments. Pilates is already a thousand things happening at once, then I want you to have the most benefit, so I’ll ask you for even more.
Can I express my expertise in three sentences or less? Her example was about the Pilates “Hundred.” If anyone asks me why we pump the arms, I might give an answer specific to why that person has come for sessions. I will also likely ramble, repeating some phrases until I express, verbally, the most succinct yet fully formed answer. Her answer was this: The rapid, big movement of the arms challenges your ability to stabilize your torso and outstretched legs and revs up your cardio-vascular system. You can read the whole post here. Simple, elegant, efficient and right on.
I look forward to evolving.
Big hugs and three short sentences of love,