With my kids I watch Cobra Kai, a Netflix series.
The series is a sequel to the Karate Kid movies from the 1980s and revolves around two dojos – karate schools.
Cobra Kai is a tough, no-nonsense dojo that’s all about attacking and winning. ‘Strike first, strike hard, no mercy’, that’s their slogan. The dojo raises children to be strong, disciplined and resilient individuals. But they can also become aggressive bullies.
The Miyagi-Do philosophy is about defense, inner peace and balance. The dojo balances children emotionally and gives them a sense of justice. But there’s also the risk of falling short in the harsh reality.
Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do are very different: there’s a lot of contrast. That makes the series easy to follow and ensures variety in the scenes.
In professional communication, you can also use contrast. For example, the contrast between:
- treatment A and treatment B
- an introverted and an extraverted manager
- your product and your competitor’s product
- the situation before and after your solution
To create contrast, you sometimes need to enlarge a specific part. Therefore, you certainly can’t use contrast in every situation.
But if possible, contrast makes for kick-ass communication.