Storytelling Insight: Why you should record your story before you write it

Storytelling Insight: Why you should record your story before you write it

In the early part of my coaching career, I made a big mistake with clients. I would ask them to write out their stories.  Why is that a mistake?  Because the written word looks good on paper, but it doesn’t always sound good to the ear. I call it going into...

Storytelling Insight: Should You Start With Your Story Or Your Message?

A common question in storytelling is, “Do I write the story and then create the message or do I start with the message and then work on the story?” There’s not a right or wrong answer to this. However, I’m a big fan of having the message first and then...

How Well-Known, Accepted Wisdom Can Hurt You

  “If you want to reach your audience, ya gotta get ‘em laughin’ one minute, and crying’ the next.”   Have you ever heard advice that sounded good, but ultimately, held you back or kept you from taking action? I have. It was the “wisdom” that started this...
Improve the Impact of Your Speech Rehearsals With This One Trick

Improve the Impact of Your Speech Rehearsals With This One Trick

Picture this… You’ve written your speech. You’re satisfied with the flow of ideas. Now it’s time to internalize your talk. You begin practicing out loud. Five minutes into your rehearsal, your phone rings. Ahh! You forgot to turn off your ringer! But, you need to take...
3 Public Speaking Myths That Kill Your Influence and Impact Every Time You Speak

3 Public Speaking Myths That Kill Your Influence and Impact Every Time You Speak

Why do we give speeches? When I ask this question in workshops I hear various answers. These responses aren’t right or wrong, but they can help you understand why some speeches are more memorable than others. The reason most speeches are quickly forgotten is they...
Business Leaders, Want the Perfect Cure For Boring Virtual Presentations?

Business Leaders, Want the Perfect Cure For Boring Virtual Presentations?

An ongoing problem  It’s a problem I frequently hear… It’s a problem I hear on an ongoing basis.……  “Michael, if I have to listen to another boring ZOOM presentation I’m going to lose my mind.” During the past two years, I’ve noticed people have...