or Jungle Gym?
do you say to sound fascinating and unique when you are asked to
introduce yourself at a quasi-business, quasi-social event? If
you are Barbara Marks, graphic designer turned painter, you say,
“My life to this point has been less a ladder and more a
jungle-gym. Many people have linear careers, knowing exactly
what direction they always wanted to pursue, but mine has had
many more lateral moves, swinging from one branch to another,
maybe more like a jungle, to mix metaphors.”
Interested to hear more?
We were. Barbara was a guest recently at a
Boardroom dinner and
she immediately garnered everyone’s attention with her metaphor.
We listened with great interest as she led us through her
jungle-gym career starting as an anthropology major at college
to becoming a graphic designer which turned into her role as
entrepreneur. An interest in painting and drawing then took her
to classes at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, which she
loved so much that she ultimately gave up her business to become
a full time painter. Sometime later, the idea of graduate school
popped up. She thought, “Why not?” and off she went to get her
MFA. Now, she is exploring the relationship between painting and
poetry—and has talked herself into a poetry course at Yale.
There were eighteen of us at that dinner. Nearly everyone did
the usual—forgettable--vanilla-type resume bio. Barbara’s is the
only short description that still remains with me.
You network, you attend business events, you talk to seatmates
on airplanes and trains. Use the power of metaphor and analogy
to engage your listener to want to know more about you and to
remember you. You never know where that can lead.
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Metaphors in the News...
The business press is rich in metaphors to add
interest to what could be dry business and financial stories.
“The four bankers of the apocalypse strode
into the Congressional hearing room and formed a crooked
line....The bankers—Lloyd C. Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Jamie
Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, John J, Mack of Morgan Stanley and
Brian T. Moynihan of Bank of America—joined a gallery of
titans who have suffered this ritual: tobacco
executives, automakers and baseball’s steroids users, among
other." The Wall Street Journal, 1/14/2010
“[You] sound like [you] are were selling cars with faulty
brakes and then buying insurance on the driver.” Phil Angelides,
Chairman, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, speaking to Lloyd
Blankfein." The New York Times, 1/14/2010.
The drier the subject, the more complex the issue, the more
metaphors help hold interest and make your points.
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