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Unused Story Files Stories – Serving Dinner to a Biker Gang

In my last post, I mentioned having several stories in my Story File that I’d never used in a speech or presentation.  I pondered on my blog if there were any points that could be made with these stories.

I mention my personal stories because I’m a firm believer in using personal stories for two reasons in particular.  (1)  If you tell a personal story, it will be new and fresh to your audience.  You know they won’t have just read the same story on the internet before …

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Unused “Story File” Stories – The Drunk Guy Who Fell Asleep in his Soup

Though I’m sure he wasn’t the first to coin the idea of a story file, it was Craig Valentine who I first heard talk about making a story file.  Since then, I’ve heard others talk about their versions of a story file.  Typically a story file is an electronic or a paper system which documents the stories of a speaker or presenter so he or she has a collection for use in future speeches and presentations.  Since stories add interest and impact to the spoken word, it’s …

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Tell Stories that Move Your Audience to Action

Don’t you just love winning free stuff?  I know I do.  I recently won a copy of the book Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky.  I cracked it open over a bowl of cereal this morning.  I’d listened to a podcast of Clay Shirky speaking at the RSA in England about the book so I suspected that I was going to enjoy this piece of non-fiction.  Shirky starts the book with a story.  Immediately I was sucked in.  After a few paragraphs I realized, I needed to start eating …

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