Shutting Down the Comparison Game

Speaker Launcher

The post Shutting Down the Comparison Game appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaking Business Strategy Speaking Profession comparing yourself to other speakes COMPARISON GAMEAs I walked into the hot yoga studio in early September, I thought to myself, “Oh no, the students are back!” ” What did that mean for me? That the room was filled with gorgeous 18-year-old University girls sporting Size 0 spandex on their flawless bodies. Oh geesh!!!

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Social Comparisons: For Class Discussion

The Communication Blog

Here is a brief update on the topic of self-concept/comparison with others. Comparisons with Others Another way you develop your self-concept is by comparing yourself with others. If you play on a baseball team, it’s important to know your batting average in comparison with others on the team. You gain an additional perspective when you see your score in comparison with the scores of your peers. Look at a friend’s profile and you have your comparison.

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Why Comparisons are Bad But Can Be Made Good

Presentation Guru

Will you ever be a great presenter if you don’t believe in your own ability and worth? A great deal of the advice around Presentation Skills is focused on actual Presentation Techniques.

2017 94

Presentation Tip: Proportional Shape Comparison Diagrams

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In February I launched a tool on my website that allows you to create diagrams like this: I refer to this type of diagram as a proportional shape comparison diagram because the size of the shapes allows the viewer to instantly compare the numbers each shape represents.

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PowerPoint Slide Makeover #51: Combining multiple comparisons

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

When we want to compare one items against two or more other items, we tend to put statistics on a slide to show each individual comparison. The ideas in this makeover show how to combine all the comparisons visually to make the point with greater impact.

The Communication Blog: College Rankings

The Communication Blog

2.19.2011 College Rankings If you’re concerned with college rankings (or Car and Drivers comparisons), take a look at Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Order of Things&# ( New Yorker , February 14 & 21, 2011, pp. 68-75). I think he successfully demonstrates, as he concludes: “Who comes out on top, in any ranking system, is really about who is doing the ranking.&# Categories: college rankings , Malcolm Gladwell 1 comments: goodsha said. this is a great post.

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I can do anything better than I can

Speak Schmeak

While it's often helpful and motivating to find inspiration in the veterans who have achieved the goals we're still striving for, it can also be demotivating to perceive our own levels of success to be disappointing in comparison.

2018 163

Tag Cloud for #SMplus

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A nice comparison with the tag cloud created from the tweets at the Ragan Social Media Conference is this cloud from the 230 top tweets from the Social Media Plus conference. Same same, but different. Click to enlarge – Image by Wordle.

2010 100

Tangible examples always win

Speak Schmeak

Use an example or a comparison to something that your audience is already familiar with. Speakers face some of their biggest challenges when it comes to presenting data. There is something about pie charts and diagrams that PowerPoint users are drawn to like moths to a flame.

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A Conversation with Felicity Barber

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A comparison between the work of a speechwriter in the UK and USA. On April 26, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable Held a conference call with Felicity Barber. Felicity is the Executive Speechwriter at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

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Representing large numbers in a speech

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

At other times an analogy or comparison works well. As I’ve written on this blog in the past, it’s important for speakers who are subject matter experts to present statistics in a way that makes sense to the audience. This can sometimes be done with effective graphics. In a recent Wall Street Journal review of [.].

2010 100

Amplification rhetoric. Getting words to go LARGE!

The Presenter's Blog

By itself, ‘ginormous’ has no comparison point to lend it scale. The president’s budget request, put against such an unstated timeline of 100 years, would have seemed all the smaller by comparison. by Peter Watts Paskale. Scale, as any filmmaker will tell you, is all about the optics.

CA Mortgage-Broker Space A Dogfight - Now, Google Also A Player

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It] launched a mortgage comparison tool for home shoppers. That way you can comparison-shop, without manually submitting your package to many lenders. "Google is now a licensed mortgage broker in California. [It] To power this tool, Google partnered with Zillow and LendingTree."

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Jeb Bush - Gameplan Of Being Centered Is Powerful Thought Leadership

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Anyway, the economy is purring, at least in comparison to that of Europe and Japan. Throughout his career, Jeb Bush has essentially been selling himself as a moderate. That gameplan can continue to serve him well. Extreme anything scares us. We crave normal.

2014 56

Speeches from the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Manner of Speaking

And, as an interesting bonus, be sure to see the New York Times’ interactive analyses of (a) key words used in speeches at the Republican Convention ; (b) key words used in speeches at the Democratic Convention ; and (c) a comparison of key words used in speeches at both conventions.

2012 133

DEVONThink or Evernote?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is a feature comparison (this is not an exhaustive list of all the features, just what I consider to be most important for me), and some general comments after. While I have tried to keep this feature comparison as objective as possible, it is based on my own experience.

2013 169

Playboy Magazine May Go Way of So Much Other Print Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What Playboy can legally offer may seem tame in comparison.  Times have changed. Digital is killing off print publications - or putting them on life support. But that's not the only development negatively affecting Playboy magazine.

2018 56

C-Level Presentation Tip #3: Expect and Be Happy About Interruptions

Professionally Speaking...

Answer: Apart from the metaphorical comparisons of being at high altitudes, both activities routinely strike fear into the hearts of the people daring to attempt them. Question: What's the relationship between sky diving and making executive presentations?

The Presenter’s Guide to Porter’s Five Forces Analysis


The presentation should have the competitors’ prices and the quality of their products/services in comparison to the firm in question. Even thought there is a High Availability of substitutes (concluding this fact might be assessed as moderate force) but the Low performance of those substitutes in comparison to Apple Products weights much more in the comparison, making the substitutes force tagged as WEAK. Introduction.

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New York City Streets - Suicide Lane for Yellow Taxi, Black Car Drivers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In comparison, Uber and Lyft are relatively unfettered. Suicide seems like a solution when you can't pay your bills. And there seems to be no exit ramp from the financial troubles. After all, America is the global headquarters for capitalism.

Retaining Talent - Weil, Gotshal, Manages' Experiment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In comparison, the Glassdoor rating for Jones Day is 3.3. The adage in professional services is that the number-one asset walks into the doors in the AM and out the doors in the PM. And, that asset is, of course, the human capital.    For that, management consulting firm McKinsey made famous the phrase "war for talent."  "  Apparently, even in the downsizing legal sector, that war is going on. And here is how one large law firm is dealing with it.

2018 40

Strengthen Your Presentation with Word Pictures

Professionally Speaking...

In this case, the comparison provides depth to the initial piece of information [the number of hours the student watches TV] and provides a provocative reference point to put the information in context.

2010 141

London 2012. Olympic Opening Ceremony. 7 points for presenters

The Presenter's Blog

And by the way, comparisons don’t count. Comparisons are bogus. What a show! London 2012 delivered the opening of the 30th Olympic Games, and with it’s magnificent Opening Ceremony, also demonstrated seven olympic sized ideas for building presentations: 1. Appeal to history.

2012 141

Playing with audience perceptions of size

The Presenter's Blog

By comparison to where my imagination had been a few moments before, that fruit-bowl now seemed almost humorously insignificant. by Peter Watts. Size is relative to the words you use. Those words will make your subject appear either dramatically bigger, or pathetically smaller.

2013 182

Presentation Tip: Donut Graphs

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I also think that a donut graph is a good graph to use when showing a comparison, like the example above. Two wedges in a donut graph can work well when you are showing a comparison at two points in time and there is a dramatic change in the size of the two wedges.

2013 52

Famous Speech Friday: Mary Beard on "Women in Power"

The Eloquent Woman

The Medusa comparison might be a bit strong,’ the Daily Express responded: ‘We all know that Mrs May has beautifully coiffed hair.’ Tell us a story from your viewpoint: History repeats itself, but if you weren't around in the era of ancient Greece, you might not see the comparison.

2017 75

How to Display Data the Right Way in Presentations

Duarte Blog

What’s the most striking comparison you’re making? It can be tricky to display data in presentations because different rules apply in different contexts.

2017 90

Your stats are paralyzing your audience

Speak Schmeak

Paint a picture, use an analogy or make a comparison, so the large number is equated with something familiar. When you''re using statistics in a presentation, it''s really easy to get caught up in the numbers.

2014 169

Metaphor made easy

The Presenter's Blog

Metaphor and simile bring speaking to life by creating comparisons between objects and concepts. In normal speech we all use them constantly, yet when we attempt to consciously develop them for presentation purposes, those pesky little metaphors just seem to run and hide beneath the rocks.

2012 141

The Don't Miss This List, Edition 4

Professionally Speaking...

In catching up on some of my favorite blogs, I found several I wanted to share: A clever comparison from Janes-List shows us 5 ways public speaking is like dieting. I haven't published a "Don't Miss This" List for a while.can you tell I'm a little behind on reading my feeds? maybe too much Twittering??) Over at DeFinis Communications, Angela highlights eye contact as a key way to connect with your audience and gives us 5 great tips for talking with your eyes.

Content Marketing - Track Competition, Then A/B Test

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In that article, Marsha Marksimava notes: "Rank tracking is a great way to monitor where you stand in comparison to competitors. At Oxford University, game theory was all the rage when Rupert Murdoch was a student. Look where that head of 21st Century Fox is.

2016 69

The Third Presidential Debate 2012. Analysis and Commentary. And Who Won?

The Presenter's Blog

It was a nice rhetorical comparison that made Romney seem outdated and misinformed. These and other comparisons let Obama credibly claim the central question of the night. Up till tonight, it was one round each. Both candidates had proved themselves.

2012 130

Beyond storytelling: Create an experience

PowerPoint Tips

Simply relating the story of the climb just pales in comparison. This is a guest blog post by Robert Kawalsky, CEO and Cofounder of Zeetings , a software company changing the way people present their ideas to the world.

2016 143

Google - Will It Wind Up a King Lear, Ranting It's More Sinned Against, Than Sinning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The fundamental of capitalism is confidence in the dynamics of the Invisible Hand. Or, how the unfettered marketplace plays outs.

2017 52

PowerPoint Slide Makeover - Comparing information at two points in time

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Too often presenters lose the audience when presenting a comparison at two points in time. This makeover shows how to visually present the comparison in a way that is easy for the audience to understand.

Florence Nightingale and the rise of the pie chart

The Eloquent Woman

In fact, Nightingale's design improves upon the original in a way that was much later confirmed by research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, showing that comparison by angle is less accurate than comparison by length , something her design incorporates into the pie chart. The pie chart, perhaps the only presentation tool that reminds you of dessert, is older than you think.

2012 55

Rand Paul at Berkeley: Why his speech worked

The Presenter's Blog

Paul almost seemed to be flirting with the subject, until out of nowhere, we found ourselves in a comparison between the wrongdoings of Snowden and what Paul perceived to be the wrongdoings of NSA Director, James Clapper. by Peter Watts. Senator Rand Paul is a hero.

2014 130

SPEECHGATE! Did Melania Trump "Steal" Passages from Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC Address?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here you can read the textual comparisons between the two speeches. SPEECHGATE! It can blow up the gains made by Donald Trump on the first day of the RNC. As the Associated Press reported and the Daily Mail reprinted the coverage, here's the stunning development.

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Professionally Speaking...

A bar chart is a popular method of showing relative relationships or numerical comparisons. It's no secret that I think visuals should dominate words in a presentation where any type of slideware is used.

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Use volume for power in your presentations

Pivotal Public Speaking

Volume has its place, but if you have ever dealt with an icy stare combined with quiet anger then you will know the power of quiet control in comparison to emotional loudness. Make sure you vary the volume of your presentation as well as the pitch and pace. It is possible to speak softly and project. Like the "power pause”, this is another powerful way of keeping attention.

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