If you want to make a go of this public speaking thing….if you want to deliver memorable presentations and you’ve done your homework – you already know that weaving personal stories into your presentation is key to creating connection with your audience.
When you’re asked to speak on the spot, having relevant and relatable stories fresh in your memory to share, can build a whole new level of respect and interest with your colleagues and clients.
If you’ve been in a relationship for any length of time, chances are you’ve heard your partner tell one particular story at a party over and over again. The first time you heard it, it was hilarious – even the second, third and eighth time were enjoyable…but, you know, there comes a time when all good stories need to be removed from the shelf, to make room for new ones! So make sure that you’ve got a number of stories that fit the above 5 and switch them up!
Life is happening to you, every minute of every day. Every day is another page in your story – but most of us are just skimming through it like a 5 year old magazine in the doctor’s office.
Great stories don’t have to be life-changing, there is magic in ordinary moments. At the end of the week, look back at what’s occurred – did you witness an act of kindness on your morning walk, did your team solve a problem or make an un-makable deadline, did you read a book that changed your view? Is there a message in one of these moments that would make a good anecdote somewhere down the track (maybe even in a job interview!).
Your stories make you unique – looking more closely at your every day experiences gives your own life more meaning, as does sharing them with others.