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Why Trump Is a Better Storyteller Than Hemingway

 

Philip Pullman, considered one of the 50 top British writers since 1945, offered an insightful statement when he said: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” 

Richard Kearney, author of On Stories, stays in the same vein of thinking: "Telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for while food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living.”

I recently read a blog from Rick Gilbert, Founder of PowerSpeaking, Inc. (now retired) with a provocative title: Why Trump is a Better Storyteller Than Hemingway. This is not about politics. It’s about the impact of stories. Stories connect to emotion. Stories help people remember and are central part of human nature.

Listen in as Rick relates the work of Steve Bryant to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Would love to hear from you. What story have you used that fits the model?

 


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Coaching Yourself: Technology and Tips to Keep Learning

After you’ve taken a workshop or engaged with a professional speaking coach, you may have improved a lot, but you will continue to fine-tune your skills as you apply them at work. Becoming a compelling presenter is a learn-by-doing process, and it’s never-ending. So it’s important to know how to be a good coach for yourself going forward. Fortunately, we have tools close at hand and we have some experience of what makes coaching effective. We just have to apply those to ourselves. Here are some ideas:

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Techniques from the Stage: Actors' Advice to Presenters

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."

 It's one of Shakespeare's most well-known lines, taken from the play As You Like It. While many may or may not have seen the play itself, the words have taken on a life of their own owing to the core truth buried in them: In our everyday lives, we take on roles and put on performances for our peers while trying to make ourselves understood.

Nowhere is this a more apt metaphor than when giving a presentation. You may not be an "actor," but many of the techniques that actors use to convey emotion and captivate audiences can be used to make executive and technical presentations more compelling. Here are few proven acting techniques that can enhance your next presentation:

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Top 5 Tips For Successful Holiday Toasts

December means holiday parties at work and with loved ones, and plenty of chances to make a toast. Whatever you do, don’t re-enact the famous scene from the film “Bridesmaids,” where Kristen Wiig attempts to out-toast nemesis Rose Byrne at their best friend’s bridal shower. We offer these 5 strategies to make your toasts memorable:

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Walking and Talking: What's the Link?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of a dear friend, I went to a fundraising concert with 10 female singing groups last Saturday. As I listened to the gorgeous sounds, I reflected on a 60-mile walk my sister and I made a few years ago.

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How Can Anyone Be A Compelling Storyteller

Stories are sticky. As illustrations of your ideas, stories can embed memorable images in your listeners’ minds.

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