Sharing YOUR Story: What not to do and what to do!

Do you have a personal story to share that others need to hear?

Is it a life-changing experience that will inspire, influence and impact others in a positive way?

Yeah! I absolutely want to help you with this.

Helping my clients create a captivating and compelling story is one of my favorite speaker strategies to talk about.

I am going to take you INSIDE my programs…

and take a deeper dive into Sharing Personal Stories because  they are super important to the success of your presentation.  They are one of the best ways to make an emotional connection with your audience.

 

# 1 – DON’T Start Your Presentation with Your Personal Story

I meet many untrained speakers who believe opening their
presentation with their story makes total sense. It may seem really harmless on the surface, but it isn’t.

Here is why you want to avoid doing this. 

Your presentation opening should be focused on what the audience needs, such as how your presentation is going to help them make a positive change.

Sharing your story as the opening becomes all about you and never says to the audience, “Here is why you need to be listening and learning from me today.”

You want to open with something that gets the audience thinking “I am so glad I am here today. I really needed this.” Or “This is perfect for me! This is going to really help me deal with ____.”

 

# 2 – Not Asking for Permission First

Just before you share your story, you want to set the stage so that your audience is eager to hear your story.

You can accomplish that by asking the audience, “May I share why I am so passionate about helping you today?”

When you do that, your audience will always say, “Yes!” 

Now that you have their agreement, they will eagerly anticipate your story, especially how your experience will help them transform their lives.

 

 # 3 – AI Isn’t You and Will Never Be You

When someone tells you a story that makes you feel something inside – you might laugh, feel emotionally connected or even shed a tear.

AI can attempt to put the right words together, but it can’t communicate your feelings… and AI doesn’t have feelings.

Great stories need to connect to the heart and emotions of your audience.

You have had a lifetime of experiences to pull from when creating your presentation content.

AI hasn’t lived your life and never will be you, right?

So why would anyone try to have AI write your story?

Whether you’re sharing your story to inspire change, educate, motivate, grow your business or all of those, addressing these story telling mistakes will ensure you connect with your audience.

 

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