Let your art do the talking

People who create have a problem. When we are revealing our work to an audience, we start talking. We think we need to explain what is happening, what our thought process was, why this thing exists, and why you should like it. We desperately want you to like it! You like it, right? 

Why do we do this? If you don’t like it, then you don’t like us. That’s the logic at least. So, the artist helps us like it by giving us context. Thank you for that! What started out as context, though, can quickly morph into armor. 

If your job requires some level of art (and most jobs nowadays require some level of art), then there is an inclination to explain your art and everything that is behind your art. 

I would encourage you to do the opposite. Provide just enough context (or no context at all) and then shut up and let the audience take it in. Let them experience what you have created. Let them ask questions. Let your art do the talking.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on November 15, 2019

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