Why Your Story Doesn’t Need To Be One Hundred Percent Factual

A question I often hear about storytelling is, “Does my story have to be true?” What is your knee-jerk reaction to this question? The first time I heard this question, my emotional response was, “Yes! Anything else would be a lie.” I had plenty of ‘proof’ to back this...

Why Audiences Ignore And Quickly Forget Your Personal Story

I was listening to an interview featuring a Hall of Fame speaker. She said something that on the surface sounded harsh. But, as a storytelling coach I agreed with. She said: “Quit thinking that anyone cares about your personal story.” The idea of sharing of your...

Why Public Speaking ISN’T Your Number One Fear

For many years, you may have heard that public speaking is your number one fear. I bought into this belief for years, until I researched it. It’s Not That Simple There are several sources that list the most prevalent fears. Many of them claim a different one at the...

What Your Audience Really Wants — And How To Leave Them On A High

(This is the last post in our storytelling Brain CODE series. If you missed the post about the importance of creating stress in your story, you can read it by CLICKING HERE) It’s good to create tension in your listener. It’s NOT OK to leave them feeling that way by...