So you’ve got a great idea but nobody is getting it? Try reframing it with an example that will allow us to relate to something we can conceptualize. Allowing people to visualize a concept or idea makes it easy for them to take ownership with you. Below is an excerpt and a link to the full article.
- - Thanks, Neal Odom
The Power of A Great Example
by Amy Boone
Brief examples can be covered in a few sentences or less. This is probably the most common form of examples, as it’s nearly impossible to teach something without the use of them. Here are three specific ways you might choose to use a brief example.
First, use an example to show reality by providing concrete evidence that illustrates the idea about which you are speaking. Second, use an example to clarify new or confusing material. In the classroom setting, a teacher normally provides a lesson and then works through a few examples to show that lesson in action. Most of us would have trouble learning without the use of specific examples which illustrate more abstract concepts. Third, use a brief example to highlight important information. Just like bold, italics, underlining, or font size works to show what is important in print information, examples give weight to certain points in oral presentation. When you use an example, the audience’s attention increases because they understand this is something they need to pay attention to.
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