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Free Speech Lesson


Here are tips for telling a story as part of your presentation… or conversation:
So find one. You won’t have to look that hard. You need to look inside yourself and decide what you are willing to share. A story is always appropriate. All the world loves a story – as long as it’s a good one, and it’s well told. The story needs to support your angle of view, but it doesn’t have to be a business or a science story. As a matter of fact, it’s better if it’s not. But remember, the point of the story should be consistent with the point of your talk.
    Here’s what to look for to find your story:
  • An event you lived through or studied about that moved you. The more impact it had on you, the more impact it will have on your audience.
  • If your story involves kids, someone else’s or yours, you can’t miss. Why? Kids are part of everyone’s experience. Kids are cute.
  • The story can’t be merely a remembered event or a monologue about travel. It must have drama, tension and a “moment of truth” where someone’s decision causes success from failure. For example, did a stranger’s favor help you get to a crucial appointment on time?
      A truism:
The best stories are told with the eyes. You want to make the listener able to see and feel what happened to you. You just need the patience and have to be willing to listen to your stories with your heart. Paraphrased from Brianna Marie Guzik.
Rerun from 09/23/2013 and 12/19/2016

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