Grab attention, keep it longer, communicate better & more
My husband likes to quote his favorite philosopher, Anonymous:
“If a man speaks in the forest, and no woman is there to hear him, is he still wrong?”
For communicators, the question is a little different. David Murray, executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association, says:
“If nobody hears your strategic messaging, does it make a sound?”
The biggest risk in communications is not that we might offend someone with creativity or write something that’s eye-rollingly goofy. The biggest risk communicators run is that we never get heard at all.
How do we engage people and get them excited about our content? The key is to make our content more creative.
200 years of research
In the early 19th century, German philosopher Johann Friedrich Herbart said that interest leads to understanding, learning and memory — and even inspires readers to learn more.
For nearly 200 years, researchers, philosophers and communicators have seen the link between interest and learning.
One of those researchers is Suzanne Hidi, associate member at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s Centre for Applied Cognitive Science. In “Interest and Its Contribution as a Mental Resource for Learning,” she presents a research review on how interest helps people learn.
- Encourages reading and improves comprehension (Hidi and Baird, 1986)
- Increases understanding (Bernstein, 1955)
- Aids in learning (Hidi and Baird, 1986; Shirey and Reynolds, 1988)
- Helps people remember (Hidi and Baird, 1988)
- Helps readers to come up with fuller, better and more creative responses (Bernstein, 1955)
Make Your Copy More Creative
It ain’t fluff. Creative material helps people pay closer attention to your message, understand it faster, remember it longer and act on it more quickly.
If so, please join me at Master the Art of Storytelling — our 2-day creative-writing workshop on June 16-17 in Cincinnati.
Are you ready to transform your message with the attention-grabbing, comprehension-boosting, memory-aiding, mind-shifting, behavior-changing superpowers of concrete, creative, colorful copy?
There, you’ll learn how to engage readers with great stories and bring your messages to life with creative elements like concrete details, description, wordplay and metaphor.
Save up to $100 with our group discounts.