Story Insight #7 – The First Step To Create Your Memorable Foundational Phrase

Story Insight #7 – The First Step To Create Your Memorable Foundational Phrase

Remember this phrase, “A message is a mess with age.”  When starting to create your foundational phrase, don’t attempt to make it perfect in the beginning. Get ideas out of your head and on to paper (or a spreadsheet).  A good starting point for creating your...
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...