The day’s workshops had ended at the business writers’ conference, and I was relaxing in the dining room with the other attendees. A woman at a table in the corner caught my attention. She was drawing with a fat marker on the butcher paper tablecloth. I headed over.
The paper was black with scribbles. There were circles, triangles, and half-completed equations. Arrows pointed every which way. The whole thing looked dauntingly elaborate, like she was planning a moon shot.
I asked her what she was creating, and her answer was not what I expected. She told me she was diagramming a way people could converse more clearly and directly.
The woman said she was a business school professor, came to the conference ...