Do you have stories worth telling?
Short answer...YES. If you’re alive, you’ve got stories. If you're dead, I'm sorry for your loss.
Just because you know your stories and have replayed them in your mind hundreds of times, and now YOU'RE bored of them, doesn’t mean that others will think so, too.
Humans like drama, and you’ve got some. We all do. An no, your stories don't have to be on par with the crap RAMBO pulled off to be worth telling.
Today we’re going to talk about how you can find those stories...
In May of this year at the Toastmasters District Conference, where I Toastmaster’d the hell out of the International Speech Contest, we had a keynote speaker by the name of Mark Brown.
Mark won the World Championship of Public Speaking back in 1995, so he knows a little bit about stories.
A portion of his keynote was dedicated to showing us that it’s possible to find compelling stories from our own lives, and his point was that stories don’t have to be about how we saved the world from an army of Transformers in order to be effective.
We think our stories are boring if they don’t live up to Hollywood hype. But we’re wrong.
Such a simple story, but it was like wringing out the audience's wet towel with the amount of water that dripped from their eyes.
There wasn’t anything extraordinary with the story, right? Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t run around with Gatling gun; Rambo was nowhere to be seen.
It was a simple story taken directly from his life. Pretty cool, huh?
Still unsure? Okay.
I’ll give you an example of a story I used to craft a speech. Heck, it even won some contests.
First, let me ask you some questions:
Do you have a bank account?
And have you ever got slapped with an overdraft fee by your bank?
Me freakin’ too.
That’s the story I used. How underwhelming can it get? I mean, who hasn’t got slapped with an overdraft fee by the bank? It’s so pedestrian...but it worked!
Here’s what happened:
Again, what’s so special about that story? Not much. It's ordinary.
On the surface our many mundane stories may seem like a waste of time; however, think about the underlying lesson that your story could teach. There's something to be learned from every story—even the not-so-glamorous ones.
So, how can you take a "boring" story from your life and weave a lesson into it?
Got a story you think is "boring"? Tell me about it in the comment section below and I'll tell you how it could work!
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About this guy...
Howdy! My name is Matt Kramer and I used to suffer excruciating death when speaking in front of a group, now I LOVE it. Overcoming this fear has changed my life. In less than a year since, I’ve started this website, Tactical Talks, competed and won 3 separate public speaking contests, wrote a book, and spoke at one of the top universities in southern California (SDSU).
And look, I’m not telling you this to “show off.” My purpose is to show you that it’s possible to start doing the things that YOU want to do. And that’s my goal. My focus is to help you overcome the fear of public speaking so you can build the confidence to go after what you want in life.