In the UFC, there are many great fighters. Conor McGregor is one of those great fighters, but who knows if he’s the best? That’s a question best left to the MMA experts, but one thing is for certain: Among an already very qualified group of colorful personalities, Conor McGregor is the most colorful and far and away the undisputed champ of verbal skills.
Conor McGregor has a number of nicknames, but one of them is “The Irish Plato”. He didn’t get this nickname for no reason and this video will show you why.
In particular, the man nicknamed after our favorite Greek philosopher is a master of trash talk.
And, he is also a master at using metaphors to make himself more colorful and full of personality.
Conor McGregor uses trash talk to mentally dominate his opponents. You see him doing this in the lead-up to each fight. And, his trash talk is all done in a specific way.
By the time the fight rolls around, his opponents are off their game because the mental seeds he plants all along have taken root in their brains, and they end up doing things they probably shouldn’t do because they just want to knock his head off.
He doesn’t use curse words (well, not usually).
He doesn’t use generic, meaningless trash talk.
At 2:14 in the video, you will find out the secret to his trash talking, and why it is so devastating to his opponents.
Conor McGregor is also a master of using metaphors in order to give what he talks about more “oomph”, more color, and more personality.
As a reader of this blog, you should know by now how important metaphors are to having outstanding verbal skills.
If you want to become a “verbal god” like Conor McGregor, you must master the use of metaphors, and you must employ them as frequently as possible in order to better illustrate your points, persuade people, and captivate their ears.
Remember the saying “show, not tell”? Read my article on Frank Underwood if that doesn’t ring a bell, so that you understand further why metaphors are the building blocks of outstanding verbal skills.
Aristotle, yet another one of our favorite Greek philosopher, wrote that the use of metaphors is a “mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances“.
The Irish Plato definitely has the “eye of the tiger” for metaphors.
In particular, Conor McGregor tends to favor a SPECIFIC kind of metaphor, which you will find out at 3:00 in the video. The type of metaphor he favors is very fitting for a UFC fighter, but not only that, this type of metaphor is one that most people intuitively understand and find powerful, so that is why these specific metaphors hit hard when McGregor uses them.
Talking about metaphoric language, check out MASTER OF METAPHOR, my mini-course on how to master figurative speaking and become a “verbal god” like Conor McGregor, Hank Moody, Winston Churchill, Ari Gold, Russell Brand, and more.