Category: Analogies

What's Your Handstand?

What’s Your Handstand?

While I hope you take in the message in this post, I am also sharing it as an example of using an analogy to dramatize a point and–hopefully–make it “stickier.”   I’ve been reading Peter Bregman’s excellent book 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, which blends compelling “slice […]

How I got a skunk to start my conference presentation

How I got a skunk to start my conference presentation

Here’s a brief story about how I got a skunk to start off my conference presentation. It’s a fun example of how “stories are everywhere” and how to take a seemingly unrelated life event and use it to start off your talk. BTW…the sound quality isn’t great, because I needed to filter out the road […]

Use an Analogy to Pack a Punch: Togue Brawn shows you how

Use an Analogy to Pack a Punch: Togue Brawn shows you how

Two weeks ago, I heard one of the coolest examples of how analogies make your point pack a punch. It happened at a “pitch fest” hosted by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s  Top Gun program. Ten entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to an audience of several hundred, competing for a $10,000 prize. It was also […]

Far From Over Reminds Us That, No Matter How We Might Feel…”It’s Far From Over”

I want to share the video below both because of its message and because it is a great example of how you can take a story, whether in written form or through video, and use it as a teaching metaphor. The video comes courtesy of friend and colleague John Brubaker, aka Coach Bru.  John, a […]

Make Your Coaching and Selling Points More Persuasive with Analogies

Make Your Coaching and Selling Points More Persuasive with Analogies

Want to make your important ideas pack a bigger punch? Use analogies. Analogies don’t just make abstract ideas concrete, and therefore more understandable. They also make your points more persuasive. Often when you are trying to teach or persuade, ideas that to you are self-evident are NOT self-evident to your audience. They don’t have all […]

How to Use Analogies to Make Your Point More “Sticky”

In Chip and Dan Heath’s excellent book Made to Stick, they discuss the power of analogies to make abstract ideas more understandable…and pack a bigger punch. Analogies do this because they: Make Your Abstract Concept Concrete…and Therefore Easier to Comprehend-It’s much easier for the brain to process a concrete image or example than make sense […]

“Where do you find stories on different subjects?”

This is THE number one question I get asked. People who attend storytelling teleseminars, webinars, and seminars get it that storytelling is powerful, but… don’t know where to find stories. The short answer is…stories are everywhere, all the time. If you pay attention and know what to  look for, you can extract cool teaching stories […]

Using an analogy to make your point: a great example from Full Tilt Consulting's Lisa Tilt

Using an analogy to make your point: a great example from Full Tilt Consulting’s Lisa Tilt

I just came across a fantastic example of how to use an analogy to make your point “sticky” (as in Made to Stick). One of the areas where analogies really shine is when you are attempting to help someone understand the importance of your message when it involves a body of knowledge or domain they […]

It's All About the Explanation...A Story That Illustrates...

It’s All About the Explanation…A Story That Illustrates…

One of the most useful tools for building resilience, I’ve found over the years, is noticing and challenging unproductive explanations we create about experiences we are having. This comes from the outstanding work of Dr. Martin Seligman, a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology. His research revealed that people who are prone to anxiety […]

How to Use Videos to Facilitate Deep Reflection and Conversation

At a leadership retreat I facilitated a while back, I shared with the team the video of Jonathan and Charlotte (see below). We used it as a catalyst for discussing how they can “Be a Charlotte” to each other during the challenging transitional period they were going through. Even though they have been a strong […]