I know a number of people (some chanters and some aspiring to learn) that did not see the need to learn byzantine notation. Once they started learning byzantine notation they could see why it is beneficial.
I present the argument in the framework of learning a second language. I tried to present it in a way that allows you to experience what your brain goes through if you don't read byzantine notation but are trying to chant.
The example I use of me speaking Russian with a bad accent and poor grammar is true. I am going to Russia this summer and am studying Russian using the Pimsleur method (an oral method). I forgot how difficult learning a foreign language is and have had to supplement Pimsleur by looking up all of the vocabulary in Google translate so that I can see it.
Once you have read it I'd love to hear what you think! Were you once a skeptic of byzantine notation? Were you won over at some point?