9.02.2009

Making Numbers Real

In a recent ad to defeat the debt there’s an interesting example of using statistics (just numbers, actually) and making the numbers real for the audience, something we always tell our public speaking students. In this example, the $9 trillion debt for the next ten years is made real in this way: How big is a trillion? Well, one million seconds equals 12 days; one trillion seconds equals more than 30,000 years.
Of course we can expand that and say that 9 trillion seconds would equal 270,000 years.
Regardless of what you think of the political implications of this ad, it illustrates very clearly how large numbers can be made meaningful to an audience.

4 comments:

Huzaifa Tabassum said...

What a calculation Sir.. ur posts are of great value. tk care

regards

H.T.
www.pak-edu.blogspot.com

samavacorp said...

Wow great this truly shows about pragmatism numbers speak a lot any data has to be quantified to be true and knowing your numbers is the most important thing.
Specially in the outsourcing industry you should know your numbers and know them well to deliver results.

james lakra said...

Yes,it certainly undermines the fact that everything in the world can be quantified. Every business runs on the basis of making profit...thus financial implications specialy number holds a pivotal place in the scheme of things.it forms the basis for each and every industry in the world

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