Natalie Daher offers terrific guidance for telling an unforgettable story. Natalie writes:
Invest in a story bank
Bookmark a few narratives that you’ve practiced sharing — not so many times that your audience is eye-rolling because you sound like a drone — but enough to remove the pressure of novelty. Your confidence and sincerity will beam, and your audience will connect with that authenticity. “No one ever cites a statistic or fact as what they remember,” Martin says. Audiences remember story.
Mind the power of threes
People retain information in threes. For instance, organize your speech into two stories and a statistic. If you’re teaching your audience how to bake a pie, give them three steps. “We hold onto three things,” Martin says.
Find a friendly face
Ignore the front-row audience member slouching in a chair or tapping away on a phone. Instead, find an engaged listener — you back there, nodding and grinning — who is your new confidante. “Draw from reading a person’s positive energy,” says Fresh Speakers co-founder Vanessa Valenti, who was also part of the inaugural class of TED Residents, and regularly curates and coaches for entities like the Aspen Institute, The Gates Foundation and grassroots organizations.
I particularly like the recommendation to “Draw from reading a person’s positive energy.”
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