Monday, August 16, 2021

“a Waiting for Godot Experience”--Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

“Whole Foods is My Daughter, and I Literally Married My Daughter Off to the Richest Man in the World”--Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point

(Rewritten August 15, 2021) 

Here is a recent example of a highly effective communicator using a vivid, evocative expression while emphasizing something and thus making his assertion indelible—an example which, I hope, will inspire the rest of us into similarly imaginative analogies, especially when we are trying to break through the clutter.

  • On being asking about his future plans, considering that he had been in his current position (CEO of the multinational supermarket chain Whole Foods, which he founded in 1980) for over 40 years, John Mackey saying on “The David Rubenstein Show”: “...I don’t have biological children; Whole Foods for me is the equivalent of a child. It’s now grown up, not a baby anymore... So, I always make this joke that Whole Foods is my daughter and I literally married my daughter off to the richest man in the world. And I just came along to make sure that the marriage settled in well...The time will come eventually for me to leave and it’s just not yet.” [As most readers will surmise, Mackey is referring to the 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon.] 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

“The Stone Age for Women in Banking”; “The Musical Mt. Everest”—Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point

(Rewritten June 8, 2021)

Here are a couple of recent examples of highly effective communicators using a vivid, evocative expression while emphasizing something and thus making their assertion indelible--examples which, I hope, will inspire the rest of us into similarly imaginative analogies, especially when we are trying to break through the clutter. 

  • Referring to the near absence of women in banking when she went to work for Morgan Stanley in the 1980s, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat saying on “The David Rubenstein Show”: “When I started at Morgan Stanley, it was 1987, and so it was a sort of Stone Age for...the role of women in banking. The general attitude was that those of us who were there would get married, have kids, and leave...that was the ethos in Wall Street.” 
  • Welcoming the famous Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang to her show last fall, the highly accomplished British-Iranian journalist and TV host Christiane Amanpour telling the audience: “The virtuoso has taken on one of Bach’s most glorious and difficult works--the ‘Goldberg Variations,’” and then, turning to her guest, saying: “You’ve been playing the ‘Goldberg Variations’ since you were a kid. They call it the ‘Musical Mt. Everest.’ What is it about this work that really grabs you?”

© Copyright 2021  V. J. Singal

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

“No Point in Playing Around with Bows & Arrows of Negative Interest Rates If You Are Actually Using the Bazooka of ...”—Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point


Here is a recent example of a highly effective communicator using a vivid, evocative expression while emphasizing something and thus making his assertion indelible—an example which, I hope, will inspire the rest of us into similarly imaginative analogies, especially when we are trying to break through the clutter.

  • During a recent edition of “Marketplace Morning Report,” when David Kelly (the highly regarded Chief Global Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management) was asked whether he expected the Fed Reserve to “take a page” from Europe’s central bankers and go negative on interest rates, he responded: “I hope not...The current monetary policy is by far the most stimulative we’ve ever had... So, no point in playing around with bows and arrows of negative interest rates if you are actually using the bazooka of monetizing the federal debt and that’s what the Federal Reserve is doing.”
© Copyright 2020  V.J. Singal