Collect Your Stories for Speaking

Now is the perfect time to collect your stories for speaking with impact. Stories bring your talk to life. They connect you to your audience in an authentic way. People applybetsyjuly3 what you are sharing to their lives through your stories.

People are wired for stories. Jesus conveyed profound lessons through stories. We share stories at parties and in casual conversation. Movies, books and plays provide entertainment and life-enriching lessons through stories.

Start collecting your stories for speaking so you can use them with appropriate audiences and to apply your valuable information. Take the following steps to build your story list:

 Steps for Collecting Stories

    1.  Use a three-ring binder for all your speaking ideas and content.

  • Buy a notebook that is recognizable as your “Speaking Notebook.” You might want a favorite color or design to represent your speaking material.
  • Label dividers for different categories such as: the name of your talk, information about the topic of your talk, speaking forms, and stories.

2.  Dedicate one section of your binder for collecting stories.

  • Have blank paper in this section.
  • Write notes about the stories as you remember them.

3.  Start of list of interesting experiences in the past that might be good for your talks.

  • You have many stories from your life that other people can relate to.
  • Think of funny ones, life-changing stories, and simple, everyday experiences.
  • Don’t try to include the “lesson” or application of your story, unless it comes to mind easily. That will become evident as you work on your talk.

4.  Pay attention to your everyday experiences this summer that would make good stories for your talk.

  • Collect your stories from simple, everyday experiences. You will be amazed that once you start identifying ordinary happenings in life, how you can use them in your message.
  • Add enough detail so you remember the experience in a colorful way.

5.  Look for a conflict to overcome: A good story has a character that wants something and overcomes the conflict to get it.

  • Your stories will have a character who many times will be you. Sometimes you will have someone else as the main character.
  • That character will have an encounter that presents a dilemma that needs resolving.
  • Everyone wants to see how the character will triumph in a situation. Be sure to note what that looks like. That will be what you will use to apply the story to the point you are teaching.

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Start to collect your stories for speaking right away. This time of year is full of opportunities to add to your story collection and to recall stories from your past. Please share in our comment section the next step you plan to take for collecting stories for speaking.

Photo credit: Walt Stoneburner

 

Betsy Ringer

Betsy has had a long career that includes training supervisors and managers at a large health care facility, creating new departments in churches and speaking to a wide variety of audiences. Many have discovered their design through her training in Spiritual Gifts, Personality and Passion. She is the speaking specialist at iBloom and uses her many years of experience to mentor other women entrepreneurs. She has jeeped in deserts in Mexico, hiked to remote waterfalls, landed on a glacier in a helicopter, parasailed over whales and went white water rafting in Alaska. Her adventuresome spirit is contagious and you will certainly catch her zest for life.
About Betsy Ringer

Betsy has had a long career that includes training supervisors and managers at a large health care facility, creating new departments in churches and speaking to a wide variety of audiences. Many have discovered their design through her training in Spiritual Gifts, Personality and Passion. She is the speaking specialist at iBloom and uses her many years of experience to mentor other women entrepreneurs. She has jeeped in deserts in Mexico, hiked to remote waterfalls, landed on a glacier in a helicopter, parasailed over whales and went white water rafting in Alaska. Her adventuresome spirit is contagious and you will certainly catch her zest for life.

Comments

  1. This is my ministry. My tagline for my business is “Everyone has a story, What’s yours?” There is such power in stories. You may not always remember what someone said but when you hear a powerful story you never forget. I am actually working with 12 families from MOore, OK as they rebuild from the tornado. The interest in their situation is our city of Xenia went through a similar one 39 years ago. We have to give back. To hear the stories of these 12 families is something that grips my heart each and every time I listen. I would love to connect with you to see if there is anything we can partner with. Feel free to check out my website. Debby Stephens, lifejourneys.org

    • Hi Debby,
      Thank you so very much for taking the time to share this with me!
      I find your ministry fascinating! I live in San Diego but I lived in Columbus, OH in 1974 when the tornadoes raced up 42 and Xenia was demolished! In fact, I was on my way home from volunteering at a girls’ detention center when the storm passed through Columbus!
      Please feel free to contact me. My email address is betsy@ibloom.us.
      Blessings!

  2. Thanks for sharing this post. I like the idea of having a notebook and collecting stories now for future use. I think I will start my own notebook with speaking ideas and stories.
    Blessings,
    Deborah H. Bateman – author

    • HI Deborah,
      Somehow I sense you ARE going to follow through with this idea of dedicating a notebook to your speaking ideas and have a part of it contain the stories you gather from your life experiences. I really love how TOGETHER – through our speaking and writing – we can make a difference! Thanks so much for connecting!
      Betsy

  3. As a motivational speaker with a brain injury, I’ve found it vitally important to write down EVERYTHING, especially my life-lessons and speaking material. I really enjoyed your post and look forward to others.

    ~Kimberly

    • Thanks, Kimberly, for responding to this blog! One woman who went through my speaking learning community was in a horrific accident several years ago. She has relearned soooo much. She too finds it is extremely important to write things down; to get her ideas on paper immediately; and to express the lessons, joys and challenges as she thinks of them.
      I’m sure you are a spark of hope to those who get to hear you speak!! Blessings as speak into the lives of others. Together we are making a difference!!
      Betsy

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