Speak With Confidence – Tips On Using Stories

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People have grown up listening, reading and watching stories – at bedtime as a child, on TV, in books, on film and now the internet. People like stories.A person that can speak with confidence when telling a story will quickly win over their audience’s interest and maintain it. If they do it right.

But stories can sometimes fall flat. Here are some great tips to avoid that:-

1. Be relevant – to truly hold the audience attention it needs to support or illustrate a point that is being made, otherwise it may leave them confused.

2. The best story-starters implant anticipation, participa­tion, curiosity, or an “I’ll let you in on the dirt” feeling.

3. Don’t drag out your story; reduce your words to bare essentials.

4. Put interesting, picture-making details into his stories. He uses specific, concrete words that create vivid images rather than a blur of mental fog e.g. Listeners can see a fat man waddle or wobble easier than they can see him go to the front door of his cabin.

5. The primary source of your material is your own experience. Observe what is going on around you find plenty of material for your speech. A person who takes a keen interest in life can find more and better material than the jaded bored world traveler who takes no interest in what is happening around them.

6.  Keep a pen and notebook handy to note down the  happenings, don’t rely on your memory. In this way you will soon have a storehouse of stories that you can call on to use in your speeches and presenter.

A person who can speak with confidence takes the time to find interesting stories and ensures they are relevant to their speech. It doestake more time to include interesting stories into a speech but the results are worth it.

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