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Drinking From a Firehose

Colin Campbell
by Colin Campbell on 11/03/18 18:00


The title of this is an adaptation from something I heard in Story Brand pod cast that Tom suggested I listened to. Americans call it ‘drinking from a fire hydrant’.

In this pod cast they talk about courses where sometimes educators feel they have to get so much content across that it’s like drinking from a fire hose.

I am guilty of that all the time and in fact learned a lot in a very short space of time listening to this pod cast.

But this is the way of things isn’t it? This is what we get, this is what society is like now, this is the world that we live in.

It’s like we’re lying on our backs and society is standing above us with a fire hose, it just pulls back the lever and fires it into our mouths.

From everywhere, every angle, we’re being bombarded with fire hoses of information in our ears, in our mouths and up our noses.

It’s almost impossible to filter even a single useful bit because there is so much garbage being pumped our way, much of which is toxic.

The really clever guy, the really smart lady, they would have a ladle and they would carefully and quietly wonder around the different pools available taking a small amount from each one as they required.

For a long-time I have realised that when I am speaking I try to put too much information across in too short a period of time.

This is back to that U shaped curve again, there is a sweet spot at the top, not too little information but not too much.

It’s a good job I’ve got 40 years left to work because by the end of that I might actually be reasonable at giving a lecture but certainly not until then.


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