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!!!

2017 48

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. Crucial – without a doubt – but just how effective if the would-be presenter isn’t in the appropriate state of mind and is constantly comparing themselves – usually unfavourably – to others?

2017 73

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. A proportional shape comparison diagram gives you two dimensions to work with and allows smaller numbers to be more easily compared to larger numbers.

2013 47

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. Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store, online or through my YouTube channel.

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 47

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

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 116

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 109

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. And good storytelling, as any thriller-writer will tell you, is all about scale.

2015 136

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 83

Persuasive Speech: Actionable Writing Tips and Sample Topics


Comparisons. Comparisons. Comparisons. The point of using comparisons is to present a contrast of the idea/element that you support with the one that you do not. Helpful template: Two option comparison template. What is Persuasive Speaking?

2020 68

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. The hoopla is over, the streamers and confetti have been swept up and the delegates have returned home.

2012 152

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. The judge ordered him to leave. Before he did, he sucker-punched Gagic. The lawyer wound up with a bloody nose and swollen face. Here are more details from the media. Payne had been accused of biting a corrections officer.

2019 40

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. I have been a paid user of Evernote for a couple of years and have always found it to be a very good service.

2013 152

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. However, your audience doesn't usually need the level of detail that you provide, and they are typically overwhelmed.

2016 137

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. The Wall Street Journal reports that Bush is exploring the possibility of running for president. Some have noted his "Romney problem," that is his participation in private equity.

2014 50

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. She is a communications expert specializing in thought leadership, storytelling and speechwriting.

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. Maybe you've heard the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." It's a classic duet with the characters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler attempting to prove their ability to outdo each other in a variety of tasks.

2018 141

How Different Cognitive Bias Impact Your Presentation


An anchoring bias is a tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information obtained and use it as the basis for comparison. The human brain is a weirdly wonderful organ. It processes gazillions of sensory data points in a matter of seconds.

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

An Executive’s Guide to OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) Framework


Improve comparison tool accuracy by 25%. Increase comparison tool usage. Setting ambitious goals is easy. Reaching them is 10X harder. When that goal is divided across multiple people, the track to success can get even longer.

2020 84

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? Soaring through your presentations in the C-Suite is certainly possible, but not without focus on some key strategies. This series of tips will help you avoid any nose dives. TIP #3: EXPECT AND BE HAPPY ABOUT INTERRUPTIONS.

2012 110

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." " - Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch, November 24, 2015. Here is the article. Parts of the California housing market are on fire.

2015 43

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. At the heart of history, lies the art of telling a story. As soon as you go historical, you go narrative, and you do it in a way that naturally structures into a beginning, a middle, and an end.

2012 132

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. Rhetoric works by using word patterns.

2013 183

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. It has been an oratorical feast at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. Any aspiring or seasoned public speaker has a ringside seat to observe some of the best main stage political speakers in the world.

2012 166

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. If you have any interest at all in Japanese culture, design, and lessons in sustainability then I think you will find this talk fascinating indeed. Alex structured his presentation very simply, first illuminating the problem and then taking us on a journey exploring some solutions to that problem.

2013 81

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. As presenters, we should always be searching for ways to make our presentations more memorable, more impactful, more sticky. Word pictures are an excellent way to accomplish this. The term 'word picture' sounds like a dichotomy or a contradiction. Is it a word? Or is it a picture? .

2010 116

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. This morning I was struck by a way to make it easy. You might say I was hit by a lightning bolt of inspiration, just moments after a literal lightning bolt had almost hit me!

2012 142

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. Governor Romney had shown himself an admirable debater when the battleground was formed of facts. He had shown himself credible as the next CEO of United States of America Inc.

2012 139

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 156

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.

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 128

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

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. You will also add a text box to indicate what each donut graph represents when you are using them in a comparison slide. It gives visual variety and works well for comparison slides

2013 43

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. And unfortunately, just because those numbers are meaningful to you, it doesn''t mean they''re at all fathomable to your audience. This is why it''s important to break down big numbers into manageable and concrete concepts and visuals. Here are two ways to do this: 1.

2014 199

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

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 68

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. Audience participation didn’t use to scale easily beyond a small group. Now, the backchannel allows every audience member, whatever the size of the group, to be an active participant.

Presenting in Africa

Professionally Speaking...

They were both amazing experiences and I thought it would be interesting to make some comparisons between African and U.S. I've just returned from two trips to Africa where I spoke and ran workshops at the Women in Management and Business (WimBIZ) conference (Lagos, Nigeria) and the Kenyan Association of Women Business Owners (KAWBO) conference (Nairobi, Kenya). presentation style, format and approach. STYLE. The style in Nigeria was definitely more formal than we're used to here.

2009 142