Use more Velcro.

NOT to join the two straps on your athletic sandals. Use more Velcro every time you open your mouth.

Velcro is defined as a way to attach two thin plastic sheets – one covered with tiny loops and the other with tiny flexible hooks, which adhere when pressed together.

For communicating formally or informally, when you write an email, or chat at your company’s summer Board Retreat dinner, or report quarterly trends to your stockholders – Velcro is essential.

Velcro is the label I use to coach clients on how to communicate the way Velcro works – tiny flexible HOOKS – that increase the chances your message gets heard and gets remembered.

Velcro includes: Metaphors, Analogies, Stories (read past blogs on how to tell a story), Stunning Statistics (that aren’t boring and laborious), Humor (rules apply here as well!), Great Quotes, and Examples.

Using the word “Velcro” is Velcro! It’s an analogy – where you compare a universal word for the purpose of explanation.

Other examples of analogies:

  • Forrest Gump, a movie character, said this analogy: “Life is like a box of chocolates.”
  • “She had enough real alligators to deal with before she started worrying about the ones still lurking in the swamp.”
  • “Having a temporary assistant in your dental office is like asking a stranger to bake a cake in your kitchen.”

Use more Velcro – from analogies to stories to examples. Every concept, idea, or opinion needs Velcro or it’s just data dump. Read that as data that’s DUMPED. My Speak For Yourself® challenge – every time you share data, add some Velcro.

Velcro acts like a hook, on your sandals and in the minds of your listeners.

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© Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, Albert Einstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.

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