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A change of season is coming. I love
autumn (fall) in this country. Change is good, don't you think?
It reminds me of this poem I read again today ...
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."
My Pivotal Public Speaking friends - I
wish you enough!
Article Make the
points in your speech easily and cleanly with analogies
Sometimes, as speakers, we need to make a point
that is just too new, or strange, or huge or
threatening for our audience to grasp. It can
certainly be a challenge and I am so grateful
for analogies and the way they can easily and
simply and cleanly do the job that we need to do
in sharing that information.
“In a sense we have come to our
nation’s capital to cash a cheque. When the
architects of our republic wrote the magnificent
words of the Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence, they were signing a promissory
note to which every American was to fall heir.
An analogy works by relating the element that we
want the audience to understand to something
that they do understand, something with which
they are familiar. It works because we are not
very good at remembering concepts that come as
words or as numbers, but we retain and
understand far better if something is left in
our minds as a picture or an image, particularly
if it is something we have already seen or
experienced. And that’s what analogies can do,
leave your audience with an image and an
understanding that they will remember long after
your presentation has finished.
Analogies are extended similes and metaphors,
and because they link your new or difficult
concept to something that is familiar and
understood by your audience they create a very
human aspect to your point – and, by extension,
to you as the presenter. Martin Luther King, in
his “I have a dream” speech, compared the needs
for civil rights to cashing a cheque. He said,
This note was a promise that all men would be
guaranteed the unalienable rights of life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is
obvious today that America has defaulted on this
promissory note insofar as her citizens of
colour are concerned…”
This is a metaphor, but it cannot stand on its
own. King could have said “We have come to our
nation’s capital to cash a cheque.” But to make
it understood and easily grasped he extended it
with an explanation and it became an analogy, a
As speakers we can all do this – compare our
concepts that might be difficult to understand
and remember with something that is relevant to
our audience, something that resonates with
them, something they can picture. And because it
is their right brains that process that picture,
it will remain with them after we have finished
the speech. We have used an analogy to create a
connection that will guarantee success for the
point we are making.
And finally, to make that connection more
powerful, make it relevant, make it resonate.
Choose something that will appeal to your
audience, something they understand, something
they relate to. Use your research into your
audience to guide the choice.
When it comes to finding analogies, look to your
own life. Keep the major points of your speeches
in the front of your mind as you move around
your day. Look to the things around you, the
people, the stories, the events, particularly
with those points in mind. You will find that
there are analogies everywhere, once you start
thinking about things in that way. And because
they are your own comparisons, from your own
thoughts and your own life, they will have a
powerful authenticity to them.
It can be a lot of fun, finding those analogies,
and in the process you have a very useful tool
© Bronwyn Ritchie If you want to include this
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Bronwyn Ritchie is a professional librarian,
writer, award-winning speaker and trainer. She
is a certified corporate trainer and speech
contest judge with POWER
a certified World Class Speaking coach, and has
had 30 years' experience speaking to audiences
and training in public speaking. In just 6
months time, you could be well on the way to
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