Tag Archives: Stories

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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 157) – Robert McKee

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” — Robert McKee Photo courtesy of John Hyams

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 156) – Phillip Pullman

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” — Philip Pullman Photo courtesy of Adrian Hon

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Analysis of a (Very Short) Speech by Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling is a Swedish doctor, statistician, public speaker and Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is also one of the best known presenters at TED. Rosling has a passion and a gift for making … Continue reading

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Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

In this post, I return to one of my favourite themes that run through this blog: the importance of storytelling. Past posts on the subject include this one and this one. I recently came across a great TED Talk on … Continue reading

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How to be an Outstanding Communicator

Today’s post is from Martin Shovel. Martin is a writer, speechwriter, cartoonist and communications expert with a special interest in new media and social networking. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Mind Your Language blog and has appeared on BBC Radio … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 93) – Clint Eastwood

“You can tell any story 20 different ways. The trick is to pick one and go with it.” — Clint Eastwood Photo courtesy of Bryan Frank

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 84)

“The market is not seduced by logic. People are moved by stories and drama and hints and clues and discovery. Logic is a battering ram, one that might work if your case is overwhelming. Wal-Mart won by logic (cheap!), but you … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Mark Bezos

Analysis of a great TED Talk by Mark Bezos. Continue reading

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Breaking the Ice: A Guest Post by TeachStreet

From TeachStreet: How to break the ice when giving a speech. Continue reading

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The Psychology of Storytelling

Pam Allyn, the Executive Director of LitLife, a national organization specializing in innovative literacy education for schools and families, wrote an article entitled Storytelling Connects us All. In her article, Allyn focuses on the importance of storytelling for the development … Continue reading

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