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Similes and Metaphors

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Similes and Metaphors

We all learned about similes and metaphors in primary school, but do you know how they can make your presentations more engaging and effective? Do you know the difference between a simile and a metaphor?

Simile compares two things with at least one common trait, usually containing the words “like” or “as”, for example: “My love is like a red, red rose.” Exactly how it’s like a rose is up to the author.

Metaphor relates two things that may not have something obvious in common. A metaphor generally says something is something else, instead of comparing it: “This country is a shining city on a hill.” A country is obviously not a city—unless you live in Monte Carlo—but it makes a point.

Both help explain technical or controversial topics in language the audience can relate to emotionally.


Generally, I would agree with this advice to make a presentation more interesting, however I work in an multi-national environment where if you're not careful, using a simile or metaphor may be difficult for someone from another culture to understand and could confuse them. As with any good presentation, you have to know your audience.
Posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:50 PM by Brian
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