public speaking

Have you ever watched the Oscar ceremonies or Grammy awards on TV? While you may applaud the hot new stars and the legends in the industry, I’m guessing that you’ve seen better acceptance speeches elsewhere. For the most part, the winners are repetitious, rambling, and sometimes irrelevant. Obviously, being a winner does not necessarily make…

storytelling

  (Excerpted from Storytelling Secrets for Successful Speeches by Mark Davis) We captivate the audience when we tell a personal story. They are getting an insight which can be intimate and emotional. It brings them to a private world and they feel respectful and privileged to be listening. Telling our own stories is the easiest. They are…

In his new book, LEAD WITH A STORY (AMACOM; August 2012), communication expert, leadership trainer, and Procter & Gamble executive Paul Smith offers tips to help aspiring storytellers overcome the three biggest barriers to getting started. Barrier #1: I don’t know where to find good stories. Smith Suggests:  Probe your past. What’s the toughest problem you…