I just had the opportunity to sit down with Park Howell who’s life’s work is focused on the business of story. We had a blast during his podcast and covered some serious ground.
When we are willing to shift our mindsets and allow ourselves to consider trying something new as an experiment, it actually gives us the permission to fail and reevaluate if need be.
Be sensitive to the needs of your audience. Even your signature talk will need to be adjusted to better fit the specifics of the audience at hand.
You can use pausing in your storytelling. You can use pausing in your lessons. You can use pausing to draw attention to a moment.
Fear can seem debilitating at times yet in truth, fear is one of the best guides you can have on your team. When choose to follow that fear and move towards it, this can produce some of your best work.
Use direct eye contact to make a personal connection to your audience members. Beware though, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this.
Your audience wants an experience worth remembering. You can provide that, and more, if you design your talk to evoke an emotional response for the viewer.
Our brains are wired to respond to emotional content, so start with story.
Invitations to speak can come at any time. Be ready. Be visible. Be prepared to pitch. Be topical. When you are, those invitations will not catch you off guard.
If you want your audience to remember you long after you have left the spotlight, focus on three areas: extraordinary content, expressive movement on stage, and compelling storytelling.