The Art of Being Constructively Provocative


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There is a fine line to walk when your objective is to make other people think and reflect.

For me, this line is very much about being constructively provocative.

Sometimes I go over this line. Not good. I do not intend to offend or harm people so when this happens there is some repair work to be done. On the other hand, I also need to ensure that my posts are edgy enough to provoke some kind of response. If not, what is the point?

This is difficult, but let me share a few tips on this that I have learned over the years.

Write when you are inspired. Write when you are a bit angry. Write on topics that you feel passionate about. Write often and accept that not all you write will have the intended effect. Write back when others comment although it can be difficult to find the time. Be direct and upfront, but don’t get personal. Share with others – and build further on their responses.

I have two questions for you.

Are you being constructively provocative when you try to change things?

Can you share your stories or tips on this?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Stefan Lindegaard
Stefan is an author, speaker, facilitator and consultant focusing on open innovation, social media tools and intrapreneurship.


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