When you’re attempting to create a one-size-fits-all blueprint you’re bound to make a load of generalisations. The trouble is that a lot of misguided apprentices out there take these as gospel.
Such is the case with the obsession over making statements all the time.
In an attempt to avoid boring interview questions a lot of teachers and companies have imposed the rule “statements only.” The trouble with this is it’s really fucking boring, and difficult at the same time.
It’s a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The rule shouldn’t really be “don’t ask questions”, but “don’t ask really boring fucking questions”.
“Wow, what made you move your whole life here to London?”
“Where are you from?” “Where abouts?” “Do you like it?” In a certain context these are boring questions, but even they can be of use in the right hands.
So why am I writing this?
Because I keep meeting people furrowing their brows and desperately trying to make EVERYTHING a statement, like statements are gold or something. And the result of this? Lots of people walking round in their heads, rather than in the moment, as they desperately attempt to make every single bloody thing they say a statement. For this to work, you want to be here, now, going with the flow, using the environment. Not constantly in your head trying to translate.
The fact is, though, that statements can be as boring as questions. If it’s a boring statement.
Give up these blueprint rules. You can use them as a guidance, like you use scaffolding while you fix a house. But don’t confuse the scaffolding with the house, and don’t forget to take the scaffolding down. Don’t confuse yourself with a tool. You’re not a tool.
Unless, of course, you are.
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