Speaking Stories: How to Craft Them
Great speakers tell great stories. For many speakers, they think this is ALL there is to speaking. That would be UNTRUE. Yet, you can’t underestimate the importance of storytelling for a speaker. It is critical to be being viewed and perceived as a good speaker.
What goes into a great story? There are a number of elements.
1. It has to come from the heart. I’ve seen speakers who tell other people’s stories. It just doesn’t work. The beginning of a good story is that it’s YOURS and you believe it 100%.
2. It has to appear to be unrehearsed. When you hear a speaker tell a story where it’s obvious he or she has told it 100 times before, it just doesn’t work. The key is to know the story cold, but make it sound fresh every time. This is why Broadway actors get paid the big bucks.
3. The wording must be carefully selected. When you practice a story, you’ll need to try out different words to see what works best. Don’t think you can figure this out in one afternoon. It will take time and the story will EVOLVE as you tell it to different groups.
4. It should be practiced. If this seems to conflict with point #2, in actuality it doesn’t. The more you practice a story, the more unrehearsed it can appear. That’s IF you have the right person coaching and critiquing you. Take a look at www.TheSpeakingSchool.com. You can learn exactly how to do things there.
5. Pauses and inflection make a story. As you rehearse the story, see what happens when you pause here. Go up in your voice there. These two items will make a great story.
6. An experienced speaker who understands good storytelling should critique you and give you feedback to make it as PERFECT as you can make it.
Do all of those and you’re on your way!
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