Thursday, December 3, 2009

Our exquisite corpse on The Value of Communication

See yesterday's post on what the exquisite corpse concept is all about. This will read like a series of nonsequiturs - the idea is to search for the larger meaning behind the mash-up. Here's what we have:

Flowery words often hide the real meaning. Closed minds never create a learning environment. The challenging word is instrumental in revealing the true intent. Cranky men always play a devil's advocate. Open mouths can't replace open ears. Missing information often creates speculated scandals. Play idea is not an ideal thought. Well cooked thoughts always make for tasty times. Honest talk doesn't equal full disclosure.

Hasty deduction (like ancient egg) looks good from outside. Big ideas frequently lead to small successes. Cool heads always contribute cold logic. Smart women secretly love the near-impossible challenge. Concise emails often yield the better result. Transmission of confident thoughts obfuscates one's ability to clarify and improve those thoughts. Incisive questions quickly reveal the naked truth.

A clear and effective ad could possibly generate an interested lead. Even a simple message naturally requires ample intelligence. Smile and laughter is the universal language that is understood by all.

Thanks to all of the contributors to this exquisite corpse! I'd welcome your comments on application ideas for this exercise - we did it just for fun here, but I'm thinking that if given
  • a very narrow topic
  • no peeking at other contributors' work before the whole is done

this process could reveal some truths beyond the diversity of the responses - because of the diversity of the responses. I'm also thinking that it's better not to try to organize the responses, but rather to allow the juxtaposition of unlike or even incompatible or conflicting ideas to reveal its own message.

Thanks for playing!

1 comment:

Kellie Frazier said...

Hi Julie,

We often make simple things complicated when the real gift is in taking the complicated things and making them simple.

My first suggestion would be to remove any complicated words the average person might not understand or you will have plenty of people scratching their heads and quickly moving on.

Second, you can take each value and expound on the topic for numerous articles, again, keeping it simple. Excellent communication is more about simplification from the heart rather than pontification from the brain, however, this is my personal opinion which doesn't make this statement completely accurate.

Each article could be melded, if you will, into a great book of conversation starters and expoundants. Audios can also be created out of each article and sold as MP3's.

Lots of fun! :-)