That Is Why Some Speakers Are Effective & Some Are . . . . Well Boring!
If you want to see the use and power of analogy, a worthwhile individual to listen to is Tony Evans. Why is Evans so effective? The reason is “hidden” in that the use of analogy is subtle — covert not overt to the listeners.
Listen to one of his messages and notice how often analogy is used throughout the message.
Here is an example. The topic is the importance of having strong fellowship in the local church . . . . Link: “The Importance of Fellowship” #2
@ 8:08 — chicken soup / broth
@ 11:06 – husband-wife to church compared fellowship
@13:13 — a ham sandwich
@ 15:23 — extended analogy — game of pool
@25:05 — expanding on the Lord’s analogy – cold water is like an attitude of . . . .
@28:08 — analogy to the eye getting something in it
@31:44 — analogy to a bear trap
@ 34:37 — not a firing squad — rescuers
@ 34:41 — analogy of having had a broken bone and went to the doctor
@38:50 — calls up the biblical analogy
@41:48-44: — extended analogy to a cheerleader
@44:59 – analogy to a game and playing field
@46:27 — extended analogy to beware of dog sign
You may be surprised how often “analogy” is used BECAUSE they are subtle and unidentified by the listener — unless you are looking to identify them! That is what makes them powerful in a message/argument!
Yes, they are “argumentative.” They drive the argument and make the point in the listeners’ minds!
The above examples are only the direct analogies and do not include the many passing analogies which call up a simple, quick metaphor or figure of speech — which are also part of analogical “argument.”
No surprise that Tony Evans is effective!
Here is another list of words which are related to each other from my “Dictionary of Related Words.”
Probably should have done it on the game of pool or cheerleading!
Words Related To . . . .
Travel / Transportation
car / truck / bus / van
cargo / freight / load
airplane / flight / airship / jet / glider / helicopter
train / trolley / subway / freight car / locomotive
chariot / coach / covered wagon
boat / ship / barge / steamer / cruise ship / schooner
horse / dog sled / mule
arrive / arrival / imbark
depart / departure / debark
journey / trip / exploration /
twenty mule team
bicycle / cycle / motorcycle / scooter
expressway / highway / byway
hot air balloon
gasoline / coal / steam / atomic / oil
motion / movement
lane / path / route
car / jeep / tank
pedal / walk / drive / coast / cruise
railroad / tracks
river / barge / tugboat / raft
rickshaw / wagon / cart / jitney
rocket / missle / ICBM
sleigh / skis / slide / sled
speed / mph / velocity
tire / spare
ferry / tugboat
map / route
motion / movement
run / jaunt / walk / saunter
canal / waterway
crash / accident / collision / iceberg
baggage / cargo / freight / luggage
— Ted Martens