Nothing Compares 2 U: Prince vs. Sinead O’Connor

Both Prince and Sinead O’Connor recorded powerful versions of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Which version is better, and how it relates to public speaking? You’ll get the answer in this video.

Something pretty exciting happened in the musical world last week. "Nothing Compares 2 U", the studio version by Prince that has never been heard before, has been finally released.

And what does it have to do with public speaking? Watch this video to find out.

Hello, I'm Victoria Lioznyansky, and I help entrepreneurs overcome their fear of public speaking and transform into confident, compelling and captivating speakers.

In 1984, Prince recorded a song called Nothing Compares 2 U and then rather than releasing it himself, he gave it to his side project, a band called The Family. They recorded it, they released it, and it was kind of a B track. It was mildly popular but pretty much unknown.

And then in 1990, Sinead O'Connor did a cover of that song. She recorded the song, she recorded the video and, speaking in today's language, she broke the internet. The song became a number one hit in a lot of countries and catapulted Sinead O'Connor to international stardom.

While Prince performed his version live in a few concerts, it was never released. And then finally, last week, a studio version and some of his rehearsal footage got released, and it was amazing.

So the big question is: whose version is better? Was it the original one recorded by Prince, or was it the cover recorded by Sinead a few years later? Both versions are breathtaking.

Both versions are powerful, both versions are raw. In both the singers are not just saying those words with the music. They actually live in the song. They embody the song. And both performances are absolutely incredible, and there is an audience for each of those performances.

So which one is better? The answer is there is no competition. There is no comparison; they stand on their own. Even though it's exactly the same song, exactly the same words, exactly the same music, exactly the same message, these two songs, these two versions are completely and entirely different and they resonate powerfully but differently with each of their audiences.

So what does it have to do with public speaking? Well, everything. There could be somebody in your field—it could be a direct competitor, it could be huge influencer who happens to have a message that's very similar to yours.

And even if it was identical, when your competitor is speaking on stage or in a live video and when you are speaking on stage or in a live video, you cannot go crazy comparing you to the other person because even if the message is identical, there is no comparison and no competition.

You have your own cover and your own version and the other person has his or her own cover, her own version. You are entirely and completely different because each of you is bringing you into the equation. Same message, the difference is you.

So remember, there is no comparison. There is no competition. Each of us is absolutely unique and as long as your message is captivating, genuine, compelling, nothing compares to you.

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