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.

2013 62

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.

2010 52

PowerPoint Slide Makeover #65: Using a common denominator for comparisons

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you want your audience to understand a comparison of two or more values, you must make it easy for them to see the difference without having to do calculations in their head. This makeover shows how to use a common denominator to make the comparison easy to understand.

2010 62

Self-Publishing Comparisons


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.

2011 109

The Ultimate Guide to Using Metaphors in Presentations and Speeches


The two are not similar, of course, and the purpose of the comparison is for emphasis, symbolism, or adding humor/color to an author’s language. As mentioned earlier, metaphor is just one of the many speech figures you can use to create comparisons.

2020 81

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.

2015 176

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 115

Lawyer Vladimir Gagic - Seems His Client Wasn't Satisfied with the Services

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In comparison, lawyer Vladimir Gagic got off lucky. One of those iconic scenes from "The Good Wife" was when lawyer Will Gardner was murdered in the courtroom by his client.  His client Lamont Payne had been disorderly in an Arizona courtroom.

2019 52

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 192

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 108

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.

2016 179

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 198

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 65

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 184

Language - Power and Peril of Analogies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

An example of the latter has been MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews' comparison of Bernie Sanders' win in Nevada to the Nazi invasion of France. In some college communications required course, tomorrow's leaders learn about analogies.

2020 56

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."

2015 56

Week of February 10th - What Madam Clairevoyant Predicts for You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That imposes chronic comparison: Who is doing better than us professionally, whose retirement resources are more abundant, and who gets the most likes and comments on LinkedIn Updates. Let's cut to the chase. 

2020 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?

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 171

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 238

Clinton’s 48 Minutes of Magic Add to the Oratorical Feast at the Democratic National Convention

DeFinis Communications

He had an agenda, and I felt like we were on a long train moving from car to car, staying in each one just long enough to hear the facts, comparisons and contrasts before moving on as he methodically and forcefully built his case.

2012 216

Alex Kerr's illuminating presentation on sustainable tourism

Presentation Zen

The power of visual comparison: Before/After & Now/Then, etc. One of my favorite talks from TEDKyoto 2013 was the one presented by Japanologist and award-winning author Alex Kerr.

2013 106

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 151

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 185

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 181

Product Management: 6 Solid Best Practices For Newbie PMs


The relative estimation approach , on the contrary, suggests that all tasks/user stories should be evaluated by comparison or by grouping with items of equivalent difficulty. A product manager ensures that the product a company releases aligns with customers’ needs and expectations.

2020 79

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 55

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

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.

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 260

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.

Working in Media Means No Safe Harbor - 7,770 Jobs Lost in 2019

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In comparison, during the time period 2014 through 2017, about 5000 had been eliminated. Glam has turned to glum. There turns out to be no safe harbor when working in media. Print folks can't take refuge in digital to stay employed. Text types can't shift to visual.

2019 52

Madame Clairevoyant - She's a Free Read on New York Magazine, But Think Hard Before You Pony Up Money for Psychics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Great Depression, in comparison, can seem times of plenty. Here are Madame Clairevoyant's predictions for this week. No surprise, her column has been popular on New York Magazine. And it's even more popular now in this era of uncertainty.    Also, it's a free read.

2020 56

89% of employers want colleges to place more emphasis on communication

PowerPoint Tips

By comparison, why would only 81% mention critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills? In a survey of over 300 businesses, 89% of employers stated that they want colleges to place more emphasis on oral and written communication. That was a higher percentage than any other skill, knowledge, or ability. This comes from the Association of American Colleges & Universities ‘ LEAP initiative. You can find the PDF of the results here.

2010 131

The two best alternatives to Twitter as a presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s a comparison of Today’sMeet and Backnoise : Today’sMeet. The advent of the backchannel is a tremendous opportunity for presenters. The backchannel is an online conversation that takes place at the same time as people are talking live.

25 Ways to Make a Point

Manner of Speaking

Comparison / analogy / metaphor. One of the many public speaking resources that I consult regularly is an email newsletter from J. Gamache , an internationally acclaimed bilingual (French and English) speaker who finished 3rd in the 2001 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. . In a recent email , J. compiled a list of 25 ways in which to get our point across, whatever the objective of our speech or presentation.

2011 153

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.

2010 46

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 141

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