Episode 130

So You Think You Want to Become a Storyteller… Slaying the Snafus

With each podcast episode we release, I send an email out with a story to highlight it. My favorite part of these emails is the “PS” where I can spotlight news, make announcements, or ask you a question.

So I’m working on the email last week and thinking about what I can put in the PS.  And I get the idea to ask about what you’d like to see in a future episode.

The only question is… will anybody take the time or be brave enough to write back?

No need to worry, though, because you guys sent in some fantastic suggestions. And in this continuation of our “So You Think You Want to Become a Storyteller” series, my husband Mark and I are going to dive into one of them:

What are the biggest mistakes storytellers and speakers make, and how can we avoid them?

Today on the Storytelling School Podcast, we’re tackling what I call “slaying the snafus.” You’ll learn about the 10 most common snafus you’ll want to slay right now and hear answers to questions like:

What things can you work on while rehearsing your speech or story to enhance it for the audience? How can you avoid overloading your audience with information? What is the biggest snafu of all, especially for those who speak for a living? What are some easy ways to build a connection to your audience? And how do you avoid just regurgitating or mimicking someone else’s ideas?

What you will learn in this episode:

  • What to do to better manage the time you have to talk or tell your story
  • How to structure your story or speech so that your audience can follow
  • How to take advantage of visuals in your speech or story presentation

A little bit about me.

Hi there. I’m Kymberlee.

As a Speaking Strategist and founder of Storytelling School, I’ve had the pleasure of working with over 500 speakers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs worldwide for over a decade. No matter if those folks were getting ready to take the TED or TEDx stage or preparing for a high-stakes presentation with everything on the line, my specialty is High Stakes Short Form Communication. I’ve seen what works when influencing change and what doesn’t. It turns out storytelling is one of the most powerful tools you can have in your arsenal. That’s why I’m building a movement of master storytellers to affect change in the world on a global scale to help people tell <i>real</i> stories that have influence and impact. With effective storytelling, you change people’s lives.

Since competition for potential client attention is fierce, a story can make the difference between being memorable or irrelevant. You’ll find me sharing my matcha tea mishap to discuss perfectionism, my quest for Bruce Lee and Hello Kitty art to explore kindness, or the six months of live blade training I underwent to illustrate presence. I spend my days showing the power of using stories to help cement ideas and bring lessons to life and teach my clients to do the same.

If you think business owners can’t tell stories or don’t have stories to share with their clients, staff, donors, followers, or investors, I invite you to reconsider your perspective. There’s no better place than in business to tell your stories so audiences, no matter how big or small, can understand how you think and what you value.

Now it’s your turn… If you’re ready to become a master storyteller and effect change in our world, you’ve come to the right place.

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