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Going off at a tangent, for a ramble

The issue (illustrated within!)

An essay, an article, a blog post is sequential. I start writing, and if I'm lucky you start reading, at the beginning and follow through to the end, or to the point at which I loose your interest.

But there are so many asides that I want to add - commentaries on the background to what I have said. And those asides have often lead me off into bracketed (parenthesized) elements which go off at a tangent. By doing so, they leave my text harder to follow. (I could say they may help in search engine placement - but here I go again with another tangent - in this case as an example).

Scroll on Devizes Court HouseJourneys are sequential too. If you've ever driven from (say) Wiltshire to Glasgow as I'll be doing just after next weekend, but then taken a side trip to somewhere just off the road, you'll realise how expensive in time that short diversion can be. Or if you have seen something roadside and stopped to take pictures as I did on my way back from Devizes on Sunday - and in doing so provide another example of a tangent to the article with an excess example.

On a web page, interesting links can be the worst of tangents - if I tell you that the picture on the right is one I took at Devizes Court House, I am likely to loose you and never have you come back - rather like the much despised "Go to" statement in a program - and there's a tangential metaphor!.

The training solution

It's very easy to go off on a tangent during a training course too. And that's why I always start by checking that with my delegates what we want to achieve.

• Targets are defined, so that possible tangents can be evaluated to see if they lead us in the right direction

• Questions / Topics which would require lengthy rambles when raised, but will be answered later on the course, are added to a list on the board. That way, they're not forgotten but neither do they disturb the flow

• Specific issues that relate to just one or two delegates are put aside until we have an exercise running - with group sizes limited to 8, the tutor then has the time to answer topics that are a tangent to most delegates, but critical topics for a few

• Before we start in the mornings, after course in the late afternoon, and over lunch ... we can (and do) enjoy some lovely discussions that are off topic (and, yes, that's sometimes COMPLETELY off topic!)

So - at the end of the course, I can ask:
• Did we cover everything I set out at the start? Check - YES
• Did we cover each extra topic that you had me add? Check - YES
• Good Course? Check - YES

A listing of scheduled public courses is available [here]. That link's not a tangent - I would like you to go there, select your subject, and book a course, please!


(written 2010-05-04)

 
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