Put Sizzle in Your Presentation With Unique Stories

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/The Leader’s Institute

What?! Snow in Florida? Inside the gates of one of America’s most visited attractions? Yes, Cinderella lost her slipper in the slush, and it is raining Iguanas in the sunshine state. I dressed most of our plants as blanket mummies hoping to keep freezing temperatures out and plant life in.

Our phone rings and the caller speaks “lizard.” The Iguana tale has captured our imagination, tickled our funny bone and kept our attention. We humans love a good story, and Florida’s unladylike winter temperatures have given us a colorful book of them. (The iguanas will scurry back up the trees as soon as warmer temperatures defrost their little innards.)

Put Stories Into Your Presentation. Use your own stories to help you make a point or explain a premise. Your audience will understand and relax much more quickly if you tell them a story.

Stories of the “unusual” capture our attention. We remember the “different” story. We even repeat it. If you want to get your audience’s attention while making a presentation, tell them a unique story about yourself that supports your main point.

Persuade me to listen to the facts – wrap your stories in the cloak of drama, humor, or the oddities of real life. The sooner you tell me a colorful story to make a point – the quicker you will get buy-in.

Put compelling and visual details into your storytelling – call your iguana by name, tell us about walking him on a leash and how you are rescuing the once “pet” iguanas from the freeze.

I checked in with our backyard lizards and they are content to let sleeping lizards lie, but I will be telling stories about them!

Author: , Date Published: 01/11/10

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