Telling your story is a powerful strategy to connect with your audience. A motivational speaker will use their personal story to preface and enhance the core message of their presentation. But opportunities for telling your story are not limited to motivational speaking often speakers are called upon to talk about themselves or their work. 3 tips for an effective presentation.
Planning the content – what are the pivotal parts of your story that uplift, illuminate or demonstrate who you are. Remember that the audience does not need to know the warts ‘n all boring bits.
Develop the key points of the story. It is not enough to say I was an dyslexic child with low self-esteem, flesh it out more, give the audience examples of how it felt. Have the courage to be in touch with your emotions. Audiences respond always to truth, honesty and authenticity.
Respect the telling of your story – it has valuable life lessons that you have learned so give it the respect it deserves. Slow your pace, use fearless eye-contact and pause for emphasis. Rehearse and rehearse the speech until flows easily. A little self-deprecating humour is a great ingredient to add to the mix if the material is overwhelming.