Six Tools to Explain Complex Concept

How to Shoot an Arrow

Stance → Bow Grip → Finger Position → Draw → Aim → Release

1. Diagram // Stance

This helps you to display a concept. Think charts, process flows, and mind maps.

Develop Your Stance

  • Squared stance
  • Parallel feet
  • Hips perpendicular to target

Open Stance

  • Back leg slightly forward
  • Hips open to target

Closed Stance

  • Front leg slightly forward
  • Hips closed to target

2. Deconstruct // Bow Grip

Dissect your concept — start small and expand. Try a list, stages, or layers.

Positioning the Bow

  1. Hold bow arm straight out
  2. Open up hand, forming a “v” with thumb and forefinger (like gesturing “stop”)
  3. Set bow in the middle of the “v,” resting it on the palm-side muscle of the thumb
  4. Keep grip loose and relaxed
  5. Fingers should be at a 45° angle from bow

3. Compare // Finger Position

Draw similarities or differences to something already known. Try analogies, metaphors, and similes.

The fingers that hold the bow string should create a hook shape to pull back the string.

4. Picture // Draw

Show an image that represents the concepts. Use illustrations, photos, or drawings.

Illustrate the position of the body when you draw the bow.

  • Head straight up
  • Use your back by pulling shoulder blades together
  • String pulled back to chin
  • Shoulder down
  • Wrist in line with forearm
  • Fully extended bow arm
  • Loose grip, relaxed fingers

5. Backward Map // Aim

Start at the end and discuss how you got there — essentially, reverse engineer the process.

  • Visualize hitting the target
  • Mentally relax
  • Draw/set anchor
  • Focus on your target
  • Check alignment
  • Check posture

6. Chunk // Release

Group concepts together and explain how they relate. Consider cluster diagrams, tables, or charts.

  • Arms: stead bow arm, aligned with bow string
  • Chest: Pectoral muscles pulled back, open and expanded
  • Fingers: Open crisply, Don’t pluck the string