November 5, 2013

Let me count the ways...

Fellow speaker,

Professional speaker Anne Miller suggests using metaphors to create an interest in the numbers in your speech:
  1. Create an emotionally-charged image that works with the numbers - for instance, if you are talking about number of auto deaths a year, maybe the idea of "deaths" reminds you of "tombstones" (which reminds you of the emotionally charged subject of graves, grieving, cemeteries, etc.)
  2. Find a way to compare the numbers to the emotionally charged image - for instance, "There were 32,367 auto deaths this year.  That's enough tombstones to fill a cemetery [give dimensions of imaginary cemetery]."

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
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