People are born storytellers and relate to storytelling at a very personal level. In our formative years, our environments are rich with storytelling at home, in school and through audio and visual media. Analagies, anecdotes, parables, fables, metaphors and idioms are all storytelling methods for imparting wisdom or making a point. Frequently, such methods represent a far more effective way to achieve this than through a plain presentation of facts.

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Add Spice To A Speech With Dialogue

By Stephen Boyd | June 25, 2007

When telling a story, dialogue gives you opportunities to enhance the impact of your message on the audience. Dialogue allows you to use variety in your vocal quality. As you take on the character of the person, you use a different tone of voice. You tend to change your rate of speech when you speak as another person.

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When NOT To Tell Your Own Story

By Stephen Boyd | August 15, 2004

In public speaking one of the ways to be successful is to learn to tell your own story. In interpersonal communication, however, you will be seen as an excellent conversationalist if you resist telling your own story! Instead, let the other person tell his or her story and then find out more about the person in the story by asking questions and affirming his or her narrative.

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Five Storytelling Tips

By Speaking Tips | April 12, 2004

Historians, lawyers, physicians, economists and psychologists use the power of stories to help people better understand their subject matter. Professional speakers have been using stories to illuminate their messages long before and after slides became the vogue. On the other hand, occasional presenters are often reluctant to incorporate stories into their formal presentations or their reports, proposals, briefings, training and meetings.

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Tell Your Own Story

By Stephen Boyd | January 31, 2004

In recent months, I have heard speakers use stories that have been around for decades. I have observed in each situation that the rest of the content was timely and relevant and I could sense these speakers were truly experts in their fields. I suggest that instead of telling a story out of an anthology or a book of illustrations or, even worse, one you heard another speaker use, you use your own story

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