I work on my materials mostly by myself. They appear, take shape, become models and processes. But one of the biggest boosts my work gets when I show it to someone.
What’s interesting, the listener doesn’t have to understand the topic. The fact that I’m explaining something to another human being makes me think differently. I tried thinking out loud, but that feels akin drinking alone. It’s a dangerous path to follow. It’s enough that my whiteboard-covered walls sometimes resemble a nuthouse with scribblings all over them :)
I love thinking out loud, if there is someone who’s there listening to it, and it’s a pretty powerful tool for me.