How to find and tell your story
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How to find and tell your story
Discovering the art of storytelling by showcasing methods, tips, & tools that help you find and tell your story, your way.  Find me on Twitter @gimligoosetales
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15 Insanely Actionable Storytelling Tips For Your Next Business Presentation | Nuts & Bolts

15 Insanely Actionable Storytelling Tips For Your Next Business Presentation | Nuts & Bolts | How to find and tell your story |

"Great corporate storytellers do two things very well: First (obviously), they tell stories. Second, through their stories, they get people to take action.

You might be thinking, “That’s great if you’re Steve Jobs, but how do I even begin turning my dry, everyday material into a story…let alone a gripping one?”

Well today I’m going to help you out with 15 insanely actionable storytelling tips and tricks to get you into the storytelling mindset, regardless of what type of material you’re working with."

Read the full article to find out more about these tips:

  1. Find Your Characters And Make Them The Focal Point Of Your Presentation
  2. Set The Stage By Describing Where You Are Now And Where You Want To Be In The Future
  3. Describe What Needs To Be Overcome And Highlight Why This Will Be Difficult
  4. Emotionally Invest Your Audience In The Struggle (Define Failure Or The Status Quo)
  5. Emotionally Invest Your Audience In The Outcome (Define What Success Looks like)
  6. Challenge Your Audience’s Assumptions By Adding A Twist
  7. Onboard Your Audience With An Interesting Metaphor THEY Can Relate To
  8. Show Your Audience Exactly What You Are Talking About
  9. Highlight The Important By Cutting Out The Unimportant
  10. Use Sound Effects To Anchor Important Details In Your Presentation
  11. Use Silence To Create Emphasis And Draw Your Audience Into Your Story
  12. Create A Warm Fuzzy Feeling By Sharing A Personal Or Vulnerable Experience
  13. Pace Out Your Story To Allow Your Audience To Breathe
  14. Turn Your Important Data Points Into Memory Glue
  15. End Your Story With A Bang And Then Shut Up
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

I like how each tip is laid out with steps, examples, and how it will improve your story. 

You can also download the article as a pdf (link is in article)

Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 28, 2015 6:19 PM

I like this piece! At first I was thinking, "Oh no, here's another headline designed to jerk my chain!" I think it's the word "insanely" that made me skeptical. But I check it out anyway, and am glad I did.

Why? Because it has some very refreshing things to say about structuring a storied presentation that will bring on the Wow! factor. And there are some great points about delivery, also.

There's a lot to gain from this post that contains material I usually don't see when authors write about storytelling and presentation.

Follow these tips here and I think you will win big next time you speak to a group.

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at 

Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, April 29, 2015 1:53 PM


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Tips for Speakers | TedX

Tips for Speakers | TedX | How to find and tell your story |

"Great stories touch people with immediacy, impact and intimacy. They’re universal and personal and teach us about the world and ourselves. There is no formula or equation to success, it’s born out of honesty, reflection and observation of the world around you. If you can in turn pass what you’ve seen, learned and concluded on to others in an engaging manner, you, sir are a good storyteller. Make me feel something.” ~ Shaminder Dulai.


These 10 tips are the heart of a great TED or TEDx Talk. They have been shared with all TED and TEDx speakers...

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