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How to Use “If I could handle that, I can handle this!” Stories in Coaching

  One of the story genres that are especially helpful to coaches or anybody helping people face a major challenge is the “If I could handle THAT, I can handle THIS” story. By sharing your own “If I could handle THAT, I can handle THIS” story with a client–or if you’re a manager, with a […]

Storytelling for Coaches and Leaders: “If I can handle THAT, I can handle THIS” Stories

Storytelling is a great way for coaches to help a client shift to a more empowered state so they can start to problem-solve and brainstorm how to deal with a challenging situation. As long as the client is feeling overwhelmed and impotent, they aren’t able to consider possibilities or problem-solve. They need to shift to […]

Be a Great Interviewee: Tell Stories, Give Examples...and DON'T Get Stuck in ConceptVille

Be a Great Interviewee: Tell Stories, Give Examples…and DON’T Get Stuck in ConceptVille

I just listened to an interview that, while interesting, could have been MUCH more interesting and compelling if the interviewee used examples and told stories to illustrate his points. Here’s one example of what I mean. The interviewee teaches mindfulness in prisons and himself had spent 14 years behind bars. He shared his belief in […]

That goal of yours…it’s waiting for you to reach out for it.

This story serves four purposes: It illustrates how to use a story to end off a presentation. It illustrates how, if you pay attention to your life, you can find stories everywhere. It illustrates how you can find stories to use in presentations by noticing when you are surprised, amused, or intrigued and ask: “Hmmm…how […]

Presentation Skill Fundamentals: Start Off With a Story

Presentation Skill Fundamentals: Start Off With a Story

  Starting your presentation off with a story is a great way to: Signal “This is different, so pay attention.”–Because it’s not the typical “Great to be here” opening or long intro/warm-up before the “real” material kicks in, starting with a story signals “this is different from the typical talk you’re  used to.” Thus it […]

Where to Find Stories to Use in Your Presentations and Sales Conversations

Where to Find Stories to Use in Your Presentations and Sales Conversations

Here’s a 30 minute video recorded a couple of years ago, that will give you examples and ideas of how to be on the lookout for everyday life experiences you can use as stories in your presentations and sales conversations. In this video, you’ll hear how I took a simple experience I had while playing […]

Use Your Origin Story to Make Your Point Hit Home

Here’s an excerpt from a program I did years ago on resilience and building your ability to handle change. One of the concepts I talked about was “Choosing Challenge”–consciously making choices that cause you anxiety. In explaining this concept, I share both part of my Origin Story as it relates to my interest in resilience. […]

What's Your Handstand?

What’s Your Handstand?

While I hope you take in the message in this post, I am also sharing it as an example of using an analogy to dramatize a point and–hopefully–make it “stickier.”   I’ve been reading Peter Bregman’s excellent book 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, which blends compelling “slice […]

Tell a better story. Generate more interest. Grow your business: seminar recording and handout

Tell a better story. Generate more interest. Grow your business: seminar recording and handout

In this free program for entrepreneurs and individuals seeking to develop their personal brand, we explored how to use stories to make your marketing, presentations, and interviews more fascinating and persuasive. In this recording,  you will hear examples of how to use stories to: Make you and your ideas more interesting and memorable. Help your […]

"She used to be afraid to have these conversations..." : an example of a Promise Story

“She used to be afraid to have these conversations…” : an example of a Promise Story

  Promise Stories paint a powerful picture of what can happen if…the reader, listener or potential prospect uses the information or system you are sharing. They communicate up front “This is why it’s worth listening to what I’m about to share”. Here’s an example of how to use a Promise Story, from an ezine I […]