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 apply 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.
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