3 ways how to come up with a great personal story for your talk

Sharing personal stories is one of the key elements of speaking with courage.  When you speak with courage, then your audience will respond to your message. In order to be an effective speaker, you need to build rapport with the audience.  This means helping them to know, like and trust you. One of the most effective ways to do this is to share a personal story.  But how do you come up with a good story to share?

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How to avoid self-centred presenting

Whether you are presenting an informal update to your team, trying to convince the board to buy into your expensive project, or walking out into the spotlights on the stage at a large conference – there is one mistake it is very easy to make as a speaker. Because the spotlight (real or metaphorical) is shining on the presenter, it would be easy to think that the speaker is the important one in the room. It would be easy, but it would also be wrong.

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Where are you going?

Every time we stand up and speak, we are selling something. A product, a service, and idea or ourselves. Before you start writing any talk, answer these two questions: What is it you are selling? And: What action do you want your audience to take?  In other words- start with the end in mind.

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