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Lessons in Persuasive Language from The Game of Thrones

  1. www.hoffman.com A face not even a mother could love Lessons in Persuasive Language From The Game of Thrones
  2. Imagine a world without PowerPoint
  3. Imagine a world without PowerPoint Tyrion did
  4. Tyrion’s plea to Daenerys (season 5, episode 8)
  5. Sheer Genius Tyrion’s plea to Daenerys (season 5, episode 8)
  6. Right up There with Winston Churchill’s First Speech as Britain’s Prime Minister “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory.”
  7. And the Soliloquy from Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire “Help me, Help you”
  8. What does the Persuasive Language from Tyrion, Winston Churchill and Jerry Maguire have in common?
  9. No Slides
  10. No Props
  11. No Teleprompter
  12. Instead, the total focus lies with the speaker and what he says
  13. Before going further, let’s talk about that thing in the room
  14. Those in business often use PowerPoint as a
  15. They feel naked without their slides
  16. Yet, nothing wins over an audience like an individual alone on stage, expressing a viewpoint with utter conviction
  17. Back to our friend Tyrion trying to sell Daenerys
  18. In a corporate setting, Tyrion would fire up the PowerPoint deck and start talking
  19. In Game of Thrones, it’s just him (Jorah has taken on the characteristics of wallpaper)
  20. Our Boy Forthose not familiar with Game ofThrones, a quick bit of background onTyrion
  21. He’s a dwarf with an uncanny knack for figuring things out and living to see another day
  22. Shooting an through his dad’s chest put a damper on his career in the House of Lannister Not his finest moment in problem solving
  23. He’s now trying to reinvent himself as a counselor to the one ruler on a roll, Daenerys
  24. You’re up to date
  25. In this scene, Tyrion has hit the proverbial fork in the road
  26. Tyrion’s stature doesn’t portend a happy ending if he ends up in the fighting pits 6” 4” 2”
  27. But Tyrion’s persuasive communications wins the day
  28. The scene serves as a reminder of the Power of Language without “Decorations”
  29. You can watch Tyrion in action in the initial 140 seconds of the video (Click on image plays the video, source: HBO)
  30. This same communications would have looked something like the following in PowerPoint form
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  47. It’s not bad
  48. The slides reflect fun with
  49. Nice touch with the visual storytelling, particularly explaining the bad guy problem
  50. Levity even appears in the slides
  51. Would the slide presentation have also earned Tyrion a place at Daenerys’ side as advisor?
  52. Probably not
  53. No question that the more persuasive of the two techniques comes from Tyrion standing alone …
  54. Solely dependent on choice of words and delivery of those words
  55. This isn’t to say business professionals should immediately stop using PowerPoint
  56. The withdrawal symptoms from no PowerPoint would lower the country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
  57. But there are times you might consider going it alone
  58. Thank you The Hoffman Agency a Communications Consultancy
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