Rockin' Raconteurs are Remembered and Repeated!
Webster's dictionary definition of a Raconteur: a person skilled at telling stories
Opening: It may interest you to know that rockin' raconteurs consciously and skilfully use techniques so that their stories are remembered and repeated.
Promise: You too can rock as a raconteur and be held in high esteem as a speaker by being aware of and using the "R" elements that make stories remembered and repeated.
Roadmap: We will examine techniques that rockin' raconteurs utilize well in both the planning and delivery of their stories using the "R" words below:
Why are Rockin' Raconteurs are remembered and repeated?
They know that:
Technique #2: In your opening, build RAPPORT and RELATE to your audience
Storytelling is an excellent, natural, conversational way of building RAPPORT with your audience. A well-crafted story that RELATES to their emotions and needs as it:
Technique #3: In your stories, REVEAL a RESOLUTION to an obstacle, conflict, hard-ship you were able to overcome because of a process you learned from someone or something (Remember: Do NOT make yourself the hero/guru! !! Place the PROCESS on a pedestal, not you!!)
We all have stories in which we've learned a process enabling us to think, feel, say or act differently, in a more enlightened way...so share these processes with others!! They want to learn WHAT you've learned and HOW you've learned it.
Technique#4: In your delivery: RE-LIVE and RE-CAPTURE the sights, sounds, and sensations of your life stories.
"Don't re-tell a story; re-live it!" –Lou Heckler, master storyteller
Using characters and actual dialogue and less narrative, RE-LIVE and RE-CAPTURE scenes, as you do with friends.
"Don't say the old lady screamed – bring her on and let her scream." – Mark Twain
Let them also hear your own inner dialogue or thoughts when you are pondering an issue.
Technique #5: Throughout the DELIVERY of your stories, give them opportunities to REFLECT on your revelation/point/message so they REALIZE that they too can achieve the same success in their lives. "Wisdom comes from reflection!" – P.Fripp
Technique#6: At the beginning, in the middle and at the end, continually RELATE to and engage your audience with "YOU" questions or statements such as:
"Have you ever...?"
"It may interest you to know..."
"You have everything within you to..."
"Do you realize that when you...then you will be rewarded with...?"
"Speak to one with your words, look to all with your eyes." –C. Valentine
Just like a Rockin' Raconteur who is REMEMBERED and REPEATED , I strongly suggest that you too:
A Few Recommended Storytelling Resources
I invite you to join me in January, 2011, when we look at the letter "S" as it relates to another speaking skill.
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