I saw this video (10 min) a few weeks ago, where a musician plays happy birthday through 16 levels of complexity.
I thought she did a remarkable job of explaining the structure of how to introduce a complex skill:
- Named, explained, and demonstrated each new level
- Applied the skill to a simple, well-known piece (“Happy Birthday”)
- Reminded that synthesizing is personal, and an expression of her own artistic point of view
- Connected the foundational components to the end goal
Often, I see people at work asked to teach a complex skill which takes years to master in a few hours time: facilitating a discussion, understanding data, persuading an audience, or leading a change. I thought this simple video gave good advice on how to introduce and deconstruct something complicated, while still giving space for the audience to enjoy the journey.
Here’s the link.