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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 a story to start off your presentation...and everyone wins!

Use a story to start off your presentation…and everyone wins!

When you start off with a story, not only is it FAR more interesting to the audience (as long as you pick the right story), it also  helps you relax. If you start off with a story about your own experience, you will feel more relaxed because you don’t have to worry…”Now….what was that pithy […]

Add StoryPower to Your Talent Management Initiatives

Add StoryPower to Your Talent Management Initiatives

What: A 60 Minute Webinar When: September 17, 12-1 PM EDT Where: The comfort of your domicile or place of work Fee: El Freebo To Register: Go here…or…you can read on and register at the end… Description: Storytelling enables you to amplify the effectiveness of all aspects of your talent management and development process. Adding […]

The Difference a Story Makes When Seeking to Impress

The Difference a Story Makes When Seeking to Impress

First off…I don’t mean “impress” like “impress your friends and family”. I mean “impress upon the audience the importance of your point” and make that point memorable. OK, here’s a great example of the difference between you making your point using an example vs. telling a story. In presentations over the years, I’ve shared how […]

How Your Origin Story Helps the Audience Bond With You

One of the reasons why you want to tell your Origin Story–why you do what you do–is that it helps the audience connect with you human-to-human. It helps you create an emotional connection. Here’s a great example of the power of an Origin Story to connect you with the audience. It’s from Amy Cuddy’s outstanding […]

"Stories provide inspiration plus simulation": Judy Robinett and the guys at ILoveMarketing.com show you  how

“Stories provide inspiration plus simulation”: Judy Robinett and the guys at ILoveMarketing.com show you how

When I share stories with you, I always try to pick ones that both illustrate how to use storytelling to make your ideas more fascinating and persuasive and…the story itself contains valuable information. I was just listening to  yet another excellent ILoveMarketing episode and heard an outstanding example of how to use a story to […]

Use Self-Effacing Humor to Make You More Relatable and... Your Point Punchy

Use Self-Effacing Humor to Make You More Relatable and… Your Point Punchy

Even if we aren’t trying to come across as a guru or think we are any better than the people we are speaking to in an audience, just the fact that we are on stage can create a barrier. It can make it harder for people to relate to us. One of the best ways […]

Use EntrepreneurOnFire.com to Become a Captivating Communicator

Use EntrepreneurOnFire.com to Become a Captivating Communicator

If you’re an entrepreneur—or any expert for that matter—who wants to be a more powerful speaker and someone the media wants to interview—tell short, punchy, captivating stories. You cannot speak in 30,000 foot generalities and hope to get media attention or keep any listener’s attention. When you talk, the listener needs to be able to […]