5 Rhetorical Devices to Improve Your Communication Skills

5 Rhetorical Devices to Improve Your Communication Skills

Communication is a key skill that all should desire, develop and deliver 


We  communicate on a daily basis, often you communicate to share an idea, to persuade or to explain. What you say and how you say it has a direct impact on how you influence your audience.


When reading about communication and persuasion, you are most likely thinking about about situations such as a job interview, presenting on stage or sales when these skills are most in demand. In life you use these skills for situations that you subconsciously don’t realize you are trying to influence in; choosing a restaurant with your partner to eat at, delegating task at work, getting a friend to come to the gym with you


In fact you can probably easily find three more situations in your life where you influence (or try to) without realising until you have reflected in this moment.


Today you will learn 5 rhetorical devices that you can use to first create interest in your audience, to persuade and to create a new perspective from your audiences point of view, in short 5 rhetorical devices to improve your communication skills




Rhetorical Device 1

Repetitive Words and phrases.

By repeating words, phrases and sentence you create rhythm in your communication skills. Communication skills with rhythm and flow are easy to listen to, but more importantly repetitive phrases emphasizes your point.

  • Words have power, there is power in words.
  • The general who became a slave, the salve who became a gladiator, the gladiator who defied and emperor
  • Suffering breeds character; character breeds faith


Rhetorical Device 2


Creating vivid images with metaphors


Strong communicators use metaphors to connect their idea or opinion to an audience by comparing it to something they already understand.  We all use metaphors on a daily basis without consciously being aware of it; I have gut feeling, my knight in shinning armour, it’s a dog’s life


  • There are many mountains yet to climb
  • A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it
  • Stood on stage looking at an ocean of faces




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Rhetorical Device 3


Repetition of a sound often in the first syllable of each phrase.


Similar to the first rhetorical device in this article, a repetition of a syllable creates easy listening, likable and lovely communication. Communication in this style makes great listening for “family and friends” or “colleagues and co-workers”


  • With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day
  • I see also the dull, drilled, docile, brutish masses of the Hun soldiery plodding on like a swarm of crawling locusts
  • To be successful; set your standards high, search for opportunity, settle for only the best


Rhetorical Device 4


Antithesis is a great rhetorical device for creating contrast with your words. If you practice rhetorical devices consciously every week, you soon use them subconsciously every day.


  • Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice
  • That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
  • Folks who have no vices have very few virtues



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Rhetorical Device 5


The use of summary


I have taught you four great rhetorical devices to create strong communication, now I will teach you how to create a statement that summaries what you have said while creating intrigue about what is to come. Keeping people on the edge of their seat is a skill great master orators use to keep the audience listening intently to their communication.


I have explained the final rhetorical device, now I will give you the name for this particular device; Metabasis is a brief statement of what has been said and what will discussed next


  • I have told you about last years account, now let me tell you how we will make a profit this year
  • Now that I have made this catalogue of swindles and perversions, let me give another example of the kind of writing that they lead to.
  • You have learnt a lot of new communication skills from this article, in my next communication blog post I will teach some even more powerful public speaking techniques



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Chris Delaney is also a published author “The 73 Rules of Influencing the Interview – using Psychology, NLP and Hypnotic Persuasion Techniques”

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