Why Your Stories Can’t Be All About You

Audiences are growing tired of the "my struggle, your lesson" talk

Congratulations – you’ve been asked to give a speech! As you sit down to use the importance of public speaking to pull this speech together, you decide that what this audience needs is one of your rousing “I overcame a mountain of obstacles” speech. Who doesn’t like that? They will be impressed with how successful … Read moreWhy Your Stories Can’t Be All About You

Add Some Variety To Your Next Speech

When we give a speech, we have a real challenge on our hands. We understand the importance of public speaking and we want to be able to keep our audience’s attention for the entire speech. However, listening to any one person talk for any length of time can become boring. How are you going to … Read moreAdd Some Variety To Your Next Speech

Become A Better Speaker By Giving 3 Other Types Of Speeches

I think that I’m on safe ground if I say that we’d all like to find a way to become a better public speaker. Every time that we take the stage there is that moment just before we start our speech where a thought runs through our head. It says, “it’s too late now, but … Read moreBecome A Better Speaker By Giving 3 Other Types Of Speeches

How Public Speaking Can Make You Smarter

Nope, I don’t think that there is anyone out there who thinks that despite the importance of public speaking that giving a speech is an easy thing to do. First there is the process that you have to go through to come up with a good idea for a speech, then you have to write … Read moreHow Public Speaking Can Make You Smarter

The Power Of Adding A Song To Your Next Speech

Let me be honest with you: I cannot sing. Nope, not a note. If I started singing, you’d start to leave the room. However, just because I can’t sing does not mean that you should not be considering adding a song or two to your next speech. We generally don’t think of speaking and singing … Read moreThe Power Of Adding A Song To Your Next Speech

The Secret Of How To Use A Story In A Speech

As public speakers it seems like we’ve been told forever that using stories as a part of our speech is a powerful tool. Stories are part of the importance of public speaking. However, what’s been missing from this advice is just exactly how to go about using stories in our speech. I mean, do stories … Read moreThe Secret Of How To Use A Story In A Speech

The Power Of Being Able To Tell A Really Good Story

The ultimate goal for any of the speeches that we give is to have them be remembered. The real challenge for all of us is to find ways to leverage the importance of public speaking and make this happen. The good news is that there is a simple, time-tested method that can transform a ho-hum … Read moreThe Power Of Being Able To Tell A Really Good Story

3 Secrets To Telling A Great Story

Babe Ruth was great at baseball. Michael Jordan was fantastic at basketball. Joe Namath was a master of the game of U.S. football. As public speakers we’d like to be known as being the best at what we do. All of these sports stars had talents that made them better than everyone else. Guess what … Read more3 Secrets To Telling A Great Story

The 3 Keys To Telling A Good Story During A Speech

Once you’ve found a way to overcome the fear that we all feel when it comes to speaking in public, you move on to the next stage: wanting to become an effective speaker. I mean, as long as you are going to the effort, you may as well make it count! It turns out that … Read moreThe 3 Keys To Telling A Good Story During A Speech

Business Stories: Out Of Place Or On Target?

One question that I keep getting asked over and over by speakers that I am working with is if storytelling is such a powerful communication tool, then why isn’t it used more in business settings? It’s a good question, but the answer is a little bit complicated. Where Did All The Stories Go? I can’t … Read moreBusiness Stories: Out Of Place Or On Target?