Stories that Move Mountains: Storytelling and Visual Design for Persuasive Presentations, by Martin Sykes, A. Nicklas Malik, and Mark D. West, introduces the CAST system for creating visual stories. It’s a powerful book about how to improve your presentation skills using storytelling and visuals.
Synthesis is a powerful way to distill information. You can boil down ideas and communicate the key take away. You can take a few ideas and combine them to form something new. Victor Cheng teaches us a formula we can use for synthesis. According to Cheng, Synthesis enables us to communicate in a way that is “concise, integrates detailed analysis of the big picture, and is action-oriented.”
Here is a simple mental model for communication. If you have a mental model for communication, then you can move your way up the communication stack more effectively. You can also avoid more communication conflict. You can also work on your communication skills more effectively. That’s the true power of a simple model.