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Debbie Mayo-Smith international inspirational motivational how-to speaker technology, time management, improving business performance
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Why and how to tell a great story

Why and how to tell a great story

Whether you are going for a new job, want a to hold a convincing discussion, or need to sell or give a great presentation there's a secret - and that's stories. Everyone loves a good story and stories can carry your message very well. But there's skill to telling a good story.

Here's 3 tips to improve your story telling skills.

I/You Ratio
People are interested in themselves. So turn your story around. Example, instead of beginning with "my partner did this" change it to "I'm sure you have a person in your life that did this (like my partner). Don't make yourself the heroine/hero all the time. Tell it in a different way.

Description/Dialogue
Good stories have flesh and blood characters and dialogue. For example I used to tell a story about hiring a new office manager. I told it in bare detail. Now I talk about Rose. I describe with words and my hands what she looked like. I tell some of the story as a dialogue between her and I. It works! Do you know my actual office manager went to a dinner party two weeks ago and told someone new to her who she worked with. The first thing that person asked Kirsty was "Are you Rose?"

Hollywood it
The story doesn't have to start in the beginning. Why not look for dramatic impact. Start with a statement that grabs them and makes them want more. Example - I heard a wonderful long story at a conference by an American speaker about how he was bumped to first class, sat next to Richard Simmons (the exercise guru), wasn't allowed to eat by Richard and then R.S. started to drink and had everyone in first class doing jumping jacks.

After I went to the speaker and suggested that a "Hollywood" way to tell the story would be to begin this way: "There I was. 10,000 feet in the air. In first class. Doing jumping jacks."

Debbie Mayo-Smith (BSc Hons Econ) is an International Motivational Business Speaker and Managing Director of SuccessIS! (http://www.successis.co.nz) and a leading specialist in easy practical ways to improve business profitability, personal productivity and Internet marketing. Debbie lives in NZ and travels the world speaking, writing and training. By the way, if you'd like to get lots of neat tricks like this, plus marketing and business development tips, why not enrol for our free newsletter?


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