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I’ve always loved weird facts.
Stuff that on face value, serves little purpose than to be ‘dinner-party fodder’.
Maybe it’s because I never get invited to dinner parties that I find myself often using these ‘weird facts, observations & stories’ in conversations with clients and colleagues to help illustrate or highlight a specific point.
I don’t mean I throw any old weird shit into any old conversation … I mean that there are times where I have found quoting one of these ‘weird pieces of information’ has helped communicate a view or a solution with far more clarity than alternative means.
Of course this means you have the right fact for the right occasion, hence the title of this post, but if I have any skill at all, it’s my ability to ‘borrow’ information or experiences and adapt them for other situations and uses.
I call it the magpie effect.
When we had cynic, we used to collect a bunch of this stuff and occasionally we would put it on our website.
While cynic is no more, it appears people – probably weirdos – still check it out now and then, because recently I got an email saying they had used one of these bits of info in something they were doing.
Apart from being touched, it encouraged me to re-look at some of the stuff on there and I was shocked to find that I could easily remember a bunch of occasions where I had pretty much used all of that info at some point in the last few years.
I guess what I’m saying is that as much as the planning industry likes to consume and quote viewpoints and philosophies that demonstrate their razor sharp brain [read: ego], the ability to get other people to understand a perspective or a point may often be far more effective when using something far more mundane, yet with a little bit of twistedness about it.
And with that, I’ll leave you with this:
Dyslexia: Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wtihuot it benig too mcuh of a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.
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