I was privileged to be interviewed, along with 2 other inspiring ladies on a BlogTalk radio show with LeTonya Moore, the Opportunity Coach. Along with Michelle Rosado (a World Trade Centre survivor) and Dorris Burch (a success coach), the four of us connected through social media and a mutual interest to empower others and to show others that if we can do it, you can do it too.
The purpose of this interview was to share our stories – you see there is so much power in one’s story. From one’s story, each listener can extract their own lessons and the piece that they most need to hear.
I remember working with Chris Howard and the Academy of Wealth and Achievement before becoming a trainer for them. I worked at the back of the room as a teleprompter and got to hear Chris’s story many a time, sometimes 4 week-ends in a row.
The interesting thing was that on many occasions I would hear something new – it wasn’t that he was saying something new, it was that I was at a different stage in my own evolution, and I either heard the message differently OR I focused on a different point of the message.
Usually it was what I needed to hear at that point in my life.
The reason I am sharing this today, is for you to think about the power in your story.
It is one thing for me to tell someone what to do – to go for it, to chase their dream, to persist (sometimes this goes in one ear and out the other) and it is completely different when I just tell my story and you come up with your own AHA’s.
You get to see the message in action and you get to think “how can I apply that to my own life?”
You see the similarities in the stories and it makes sense – so much more than if I just told you what to do.
Your audience will get their own messages too, from your story – what they most need to hear to transform their own lives.
Don’t be afraid to tell them about the journey – how did you get from A to B?
What made the difference?
What was the turning point for you?
There is an art to doing it well, as I have seen a speaker tell their WHOLE story and it lost relevance. What is relevant to the message AND to the audience.
And, how can you include the audience in your storytelling so that you help them make the connections. You don’t want the audience to think you are talking about yourself just for the ego-trip. You want them to know that there is a point.
Yes, you can share your most important take-aways too, but know also that everyone will come away with their own.
Building your story into your talks is an essential part of being a brilliant speaker, and speaker training can help you with that.
Learn more on how Annette can help you tell your story, and more, to take your speaking to the next level.
ps That interview can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaJaI70hrK4