1) I'm bad with internalizing lists, although lists of two or three things is at least possible for me to retain for a short time (long enough to write down or use the information). I suspect this is why I prefer to write things down in lists, because lists _are_ a useful organizational technique, and I can't _remember_ (or come up with) lists. This is especially difficult for me with ordered lists. (This is also why I just spent the 45 minutes while driving home putting all my available mental energy into remembering the three things listed in this post. :)
2) I'm bad with braindumps. My default method (ie, easiest, not in terms of most often used) of externalizing information is to braindump at people (which is what you people _don't_ usually see me doing, as I tend to expect that if I have such trouble with it, it's not kind to inflict it on other people), which makes this fact interesting, and probably explains why I tend to put so much effort into processing, organizing, and condensing things in my head before trying to express them.
This is probably also why it's so difficult for me to accept that certain people do, in fact, find it _easier_ to understand me when I'm least able to get things beyond brain dump state, much as it's also easier on me that this is possible. I generally want to default to information externalization via writing as braindump, which is interesting when my default for spoken is to hope people figure out what I'm saying with very few words and lots of gesture.
Summaries - when concise - are very useful, as I tend to be poor at getting to generalizations from specifics.
3) I have auditory processing problems, in that I have to semi-consciously process spoken words (which is apparently not typical), which means that it's generally bad to try to convey large amounts of information to me in a spoken manner.
Having someone attempt to convey information to me via spoken, ordered list braindump is... um... less than effective.
Means I am stuck with a spoken word processor which is struggling with too much information too fast, even before we get to the potential state where I have to try to pick out important info from the noise which is how braindumps come across to me, and even before the problem of me trying to retain what order there might be for the list or what the components are.
Best method? Go ahead with the list, but give me a single element at a time, let me ask for more information as desired (and as I have time to process). If you _must_ do a brain dump, do it in a written form, not a spoken one.
Sleep now. Late. At least this was brief enough to be able to write before I sleep, unlike the last topic which I _still_ haven't gotten around to processing enough to post.