Tag Archives: Stories

Four Lessons from the Mountain for Public Speakers

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— A few weeks ago, my friend Timo … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 255) – Mark Brown

“Our stories are the key to connecting. They don’t have to be sensational; they just have to be sincere.” — Mark Brown

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6 Steps to a Great Introduction

On 1 June 2016, I announced the launch of a new digital magazine for public speaking professionals: Presentation Guru. I am proud to be one of the co-founders of the site. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation … Continue reading

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The Science of Storytelling

On 1 June 2016, I announced the launch of a new digital magazine for public speaking professionals: Presentation Guru. I am proud to be one of the co-founders of the site. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation … Continue reading

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What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach Us About Business Stories

Storytelling is powerful. Stories resonate with people on a deep, psychological level. Stories are memorable and help support our messages. Hence the speaker’s maxim: Tell a story, make a point. The best stories contain many elements related to plot, character, dialogue, etc. For … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 218) – Alan Rickman

“It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller.” — Alan Rickman

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 198) – Robert McKee

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” — Robert McKee Photo courtesy of John Hyams

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 197) – One Thousand and One Nights

“People need stories more than bread itself. They tell us how to live and why.” — One Thousand and One Nights (كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة‎) 

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 196) – Ira Glass

“Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” — Ira Glass Photo courtesy of Brighterorange / Wikimedia Commons

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 194) – Mary Catherine Bateson

“The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.” — Mary Catherine Bateson‎ Photo courtesy of Festival della Scienza / Flickr

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Seven Powerful Public Speaking Lessons from “Mad Men”

My recent post in which I had some fun with the hit TV series, Breaking Bad, reminded me of a clip from another popular series, Mad Men. If you who don’t know the show, Mad Men is set in the 1960s and is focused on … Continue reading

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The Twist in the Tale

I recently came across the following terrific commercial from Guinness. If you have not seen it, watch the clip before reading further. As the commercial unfolded, I was thinking that the message would have something to do with perseverance and … Continue reading

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