When I started blogging regularly back in the autumn I started with a series of posts about my favourite acronyms. Acronyms sometimes get a raw deal, mistaken for being trite or silly – but actually I think they can be really useful in summarising valuable ideas. In working with researchers for the last six years I’ve shared many (hopefully!) helpful techniques using acronyms. The posts I’m collecting here are eight of my favourites.
INTRO: a great tool for starting presentations (and organising your thoughts too).
SMART: the most effective technique I know for setting goals and objectives.
5W1H: the six proto-questions, the Six Honest Serving Men.
DRC: a helpful framework for creative thinking and developing ideas.
PMI: a useful tool for evaluating ideas and information.
STAR: a handy acronym for assessing one’s strengths and skills.
BOOST: the best framework for giving really effective feedback.
KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid! (enough said!)
I’m sure that I’m going to write about more acronyms over the coming months; they’re generally like marmite – you love them or hate them – so what acronyms and ideas do you love? Let me know!
Thanks for reading!