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November 2022 - In This Issue
  • Treasure-trove of tried-n-true tips when preparing and then presenting your stories!
Quotations of the month:
   “The 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 Tried-n-True Tips for your stories!
Patricia Fripp says: “Wisdom comes from reflection.” Here are questions for you to reflect upon, when creating and delivering your stories. Are you aware of and/or use any of these tips?

- Take away message: Do I have a clear, concise message/point/lesson to make from my story? After all, this is the reason for telling this specific story.  

Truthful: Is this my own true story? If I'm using a 3rd party story, am I giving credit to the original source?

- Trigger: Do I trigger curiosity, interest, mental involvement at the start of a story by asking a question, using a quotation or making a profound statement

- 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 plus the life-changing personal or professional results and consequently, have them buy into your message?

- Timely pauses: Are they timed appropriately giving them time to ponder a point or laugh at something funny? Or do I trample on their thoughts and laughs by never pausing?

- Tone: Is my tone of voice in sync with the words I speak, my facial expressions, my body language?

- Touch base: Do I create moments to touch base with the audience through rhetorical questions?
 (Remember: "If they don't reflect, you don't connect or affect!" C. Valentine)

- Touch hearts: Do I realize that people are moved to action, both intellectually and emotionally and therefore discuss the change or emotional shift that took place in the character after the resolution of the problem?

- Take, don’t tell:  Do I use many of the above techniques to bring them into my story and thereby take them with me throughout the story?

- Tangible technique: Do I offer an example of a technique they can readily use to act upon your message? Provide not simply the WHY they need to do something but also a HOW!

Join me next month when we look at another speaking skill to enhance your own!
Until then,
Successful Storytelling to you!
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