Storytelling is one of the most effective ways of making a powerful presentation.
The strongest way that we communicate is through stories. We remember stories longer and more accurately and we get the point faster. The best way to have a great story ready at your fingertips is to write it down, edit it, practice reading it aloud, edit it some more, rehearse it again, etc.
I’ve recorded a few of my own true stories here to demonstrate structure & content.
The Humidity Checker
The Humidity Checker captures an embarrassing incident when I owned an ad agency. Looking vulnerable is a powerful technique when telling a story.
Old Neighborhood is the story of getting into a tight spot. Notice the details in the story.
Reflections is a confession of an embarrassing moment in the bathroom of a bar.
George’s Loan Office is the pawnshop where I grew up and started me on storytelling because every day was a new installment.
A recovered family heirloom turns out to have a few secrets.
TV Station Telethon
Telethons were all the rage in the 1970’s, but this one didn’t go as planned.