GDZ 004 : The Most Important Skill? The Rocket Surgery of Story, Yes And, and Charisma

Game Design Zen : Episode 004

What is our most important skill? Though we need creativity, logic, and business, the path to excellence is the rocket surgery of Story, Yes And, and Charisma. This episode tackles practical ways to communicate better.

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  • Building Games is the new┬áRocket Surgery (00:45)
  • Dunning Kruger – Unskilled and Unaware (03:25)
  • Listening & Jesse Schell (04:40)
    • Tell Me (05:30)
  • Yes And (08:00)
  • Story (18:30)
    1. Question/Challenge
    2. Emotional Struggle
    3. Galvanizing Conclusion (preferably with a twist)
  • Charisma (25:40)
    • Nod Less (and slower)
    • Pause
    • Down Notes

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3 comments
RajatVijay
RajatVijay

When you started talking about listening, I said "Ok, that's easy". I don't usually talk much. Even so*, I always listen actively and pay attention to what others say. You could say I have 4 ears. Moving on, you explained "Tell me", which I found pretty simple.

swyrazik
swyrazik

I came to listen to this podcast with a pessimistic stance, thinking that I wouldn't find it that helpful. Why? Because I'm an introvert and not very talkative person. The teachers always found my presentations boring. I'm not good with expressing my interest in a subject. I'm generally not very expressive. My friends tell me I would be a good poker player.

When you started talking about listening, I said "Ok, that's easy". I don't usually talk much. Even so*, I always listen actively and pay attention to what others say. You could say I have 4 ears. Moving on, you explained "Tell me", which I found pretty simple.

Yes And. I always saw you mentioning it in your posts. I never really bothered to explore what it was even though I was a bit curious. What a mistake I made and what a great idea! As you told the story of how you got introduced to it by your wife, I put myself in your shoes and felt the difference between "Yes, but" and "Yes and". Both the difference in emotions after the feedback of your wife and the difference in the degree of attention you pay to the feedback given after the "but" or the "and". I was wondering, how did your wife get introduced to this technique?

I'll try using stories. They seem simpler to approach after breaking them up in those 3 parts. I'll also give those charisma techniques a shot. They sound simple. They just need practice.

I started with a pessimistic stance towards this podcast's subject. I ended up being more confident about it. I hope to see some positive results in my communication skills.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences. It was a great podcast.

*I tried not using "but" here. I used "even so". I felt the need to use a conjunction after the previous sentence. Does this break the Yes And technique? If yes, then how could I avoid it?

Marcos Vinicius Silva
Marcos Vinicius Silva

Just loved the podcast, please continue the good working.
I commented here cuz this one talks about "droping the tone", and something on you voice or the way you speak is very pleasent, maybe it's the technic working on me!

Thanks