Is your knowledge deep enough?



“If you can’t explain it simply,

you don’t know it well enough.”



Often I think I understand something something new, but when I try to explain what I’ve just learned, it slips from my grasp.

I find teaching others is a great way to embed new learning.

As one is forced to explain new knowledge in a different way to someone with a different world view, one is forced to analyse and process it.

Five simple ways we can all learn through teaching:

  1. supervise a trainee or junior member of staff
  2. run a training session
  3. write an article on the topic (could be for an internal newsletter, peers or for clients)
  4. write a blog post
  5. write an entry in a reflective learning diary

How else do you learn something deeply enough to be able to explain it simply? I’d love to know in the comments.

If you are looking for training in KM, have a look at KN-UK’s programme of events in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.


About knowledge4lawyers

I am a lawyer and a Knowledge Management expert. Through The Knowledge Business I help law firms improve their efficiency and profitability through knowledge services - consultancy, training and implementation help.
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2 Responses to Is your knowledge deep enough?

  1. If you are looking for a one-day foundation course to beef up your KM knowledge, consider coming along to my KM: The Works session – next one is 25th May and then September.

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