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Feruary 2021  IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Ten Terrific Talking Tips to use in your Stories!     
        Your life tells a story....and someone needs to hear it!
YOU have stories that only YOU can tell!

And others need to hear them!
Quotations of the month:
  “Their story, yours and mine- it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.” William Carlos  Williams 

  “In the end all we have are stories and methods of finding and using those stories.” Roger C. Shank, from ‘Tell Me A Story’ 
Ten Terrific Talking Tips to use in your Stories!   
Patricia Fripp says: "Wisdom comes from reflection."

Below are questions for you to reflect upon when creating and delivering your stories.
  • Truthful/Trustworthy: Is this my own story, or am I relating someone else’s ensuring I give credit to the original source? If it IS my own story, am I going deep, or do I play it 'safe' by only staying on the surface and avoiding to impart tough truths about myself with which they may identify and may have also experienced...truths that will make you similar to them, endear you to them and consequently be able to move forward themselves? 
  • Take away message: Do I have a clear, concise message/point to make from my story? Can I state my 'you-focused' (audience focused) message in fewer than 10 words? Can I possibly make it rhythmic to make it memorable? (The phrase determines what stays or Your attitude determines your altitude)
  • Trigger: Do I trigger curiosity, interest, mental engagement at the start of a story by asking a you-focused question, using a quotation or making a profound statement? (Refer to a past newsletter on the 4T's to connect)

  • Tension: Do I introduce the conflict in my story early and build the tension to hold my audience’s interest, having them anxious to hear the resolution?  

  • Touch Base: Do I create moments to touch base with the audience through rhetorical questions?  (4 T's to connect newsletter)
  • Timely pauses: Do I pause and not trample on their thoughts? Are the pauses timed appropriately giving them the opportunity  to ponder a point and hear their own inner voice applying that thought to their own lives? 
  • Tangible technique: Do I have tangible, doable technique to offer my audience in order for them to act upon the message? Let us not just mention the WHY we need to do something but also the HOW.
  • Tone: Is my tone of voice varied and demonstrate the intended natural attitude, feelings, ambiance I wish to create and is it also in sync with the words I speak, my facial expressions, my body language?
  • Touch hearts: Do I realize that people are moved to action, not only intellectually but more so emotionally, and therefore I tell stories that have emotional shifts from bad to good, negative to positive, struggling to successful, to which audiences can relate? ("Emotion is the fast lane to the brain." Doug Stevenson)

  • Take them, don’t tell them:  Do I use many of the above techniques to bring them into my story by inviting them in (as in "If you had been with me...or...I wish you could have seen me when..." etc etc ) thereby taking them with you into the story?
   Until next month, succesfsul storytelling to you!    
   Remember: Facts only tell, but superb stories sell!Embarassed
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