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One Thousand Words

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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One Thousand Words

How many pages would a thousand words fill using Word?

One page? Two pages? Four pages?

Well, the answer depends on a number of factors:

  • Font size
  • Font type
  • Line spacing

Here are the answers via Word Counter:

  • Two pages when the font type is Arial, the font size is 12pt, and it has single spacing.
  • Two pages when the font type is Calibri, the font size is 10pt, and it has double spacing.
  • Four pages when the font type is Times New Roman, the font size is 12pt, and it has double spacing.

My point?

The famous saying

It was Henrik Ibsen who coined the phrase:

A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.

More popularly known as “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

We Chinese have a similar saying:


Which loosely translates to “seeing once is better than hearing it a hundred times.”

Who’s doing most of the talking

In didactic teaching, the instructor is the one doing most of the talking.

The learners are merely passive listeners.


I am not talking about the way we learn while we were in school.

Learning, in the online domain, for adults are largely didactic.

During webinars, who is the one doing most of the talking?

Most asynchronous online courses are also largely didactic.

By choice? Maybe.

But one thing for sure, we know that isn’t the best way to learn.

This is not an opinion.

Because there are many studies like this one at a chiropractic college that validates this.

In that study, we learned that using a learner-centered approach is beneficial not only for the practitioners but also the patient. Because it promotes lifelong learning.

Using visuals as a learning tool

It should then come not as a surprise that using visuals only helps with knowledge retention and also increases learners engagement.

Additionally, using the right visuals can also evoke positive emotions among learners.

With emotions having a substantial influence on learning, you’ll be better served if the presentation deck is filled with visuals instead of text.

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.