3 Tips To Becoming A More Engaging Story Teller

Story telling is truly at the CORE of our human experience… the stories we tell create and shape our world.

As young children, we LOVE having our parents or teachers tell us stories… When we’re watching a movie or reading a novel, it’s the power of the story that touches, moves, or inspires us.  And if you think about it, everyone and everything has a story to tell…

The universe has it’s infinite stories of creation.  Every single person has their unique life stories that make up who they are today.  Art, dance, music, and every other creative expression has a story behind it.

And as an entrepreneur, whether you are writing, speaking, or simply having a conversation with a friend or business partner, story telling is an ESSENTIAL ingredient to powerful communication.  If you look at the most successful speakers and writers that exist in our world, for the most part, they are all amazing story tellers.

It’s your stories that set you apart.  It’s your stories that captivate your audience.  And it’s your stories that convey and illustrate your message more powerfully than anything else. So as you can see, it’s incredibly important to develop the skill of story telling if you want to create a successful online business.

While attending the “Inspiring Speaker” workshop in San Francisco, I learned all about story telling from a few different master story tellers.  And there were 3 key tips that really stood out for me and have already greatly improved my story telling abilities! icon smile 3 Tips To Becoming A More Engaging Story Teller

So click play on the video down below and learn these 3 powerful tips to becoming a more engaging story teller…

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Jaclyn Castro October 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

LOVE IT!! (you were pretty good with that British accent Katie! :-D)

You always come back from these seminars and give away these GREAT tips without us having to BE at the event. Considering these were you 3 biggest takeaways they are definitely valuable tips to keep and use straight away in our articles and videos as well as every part of our business and life.

Thanks for taking us “with you”!

-Jaclyn Castro

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Alexandra October 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

That was great Katie. Your British accent was awesome. I believe we are all story tellers and learning to engage people is a great skill to have. Good job!

Alexandra

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Shonda October 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

Love your British accent. :-) You always deliver great tips. Kudos to you. I love to tell stories. Stories are just so personable and engaging.

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Ann Gibson October 14, 2011 at 9:33 am

Loved the video. Well done, authentic, and entertaining. :)

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Aki Wood October 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I couldn’t agree more. The art of storytelling makes a huge difference in the way a message is conveyed… whether it be video, speech, or writing. Good stuff.

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Dale Holmes October 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Katie,

“Bloody ‘ell,” very much enjoyed this storytelling video! :)

I recall that “empowerment” is one of your favorite subjects.

Being able to effectively share our “Truth” with others through mutual storytelling is, in my opinion, the ongoing “conversation” that is imperatively fundamental to our ability to love and be loved, especially, if as emotionally empowered storytellers, we are able to faithfully and meaningfully convey our feelings of affection and enduring commitment to those who matter most to our heart.

But as entrepreneurs out in the rough and tumbled business world where the players often have wits as sharp as their elbows, and where deal-making is queen,
I had a real “Aha! moment” when I realized that all negotiations are fundamentally storytelling competitions; “dueling stories,” you might call them, wherein the parties involved promote their own preferred “final deal story,” while challenging that of their counterpart.

This insight empowers us as leaders because it offers us that overview perspective essential to victorious assessment, strategy and tactics in the arena/context where the final negotiated deal will, in fact, reflect a mutually agreed combining and melding of competing stories.

And if this amazing “real world” empowerment through victorious storytelling weren’t enough, then there is the exceptionally intriguing inner spiritual/existential notion that as individuated Human Consciousness we are actually the infinite Universe telling a finite story to itself about itself; a creative process in which our stories serve as windows, mirrors.and lenses.

What a trip!

See ’round campus,

Dale

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Linda March 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I suspect you’re from either Yorkshire or Lancashire, Dale. I can almost hear you saying “Si’ Thi ’round t’ campus”!
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David November 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

Great tips and the accent wasn’t all too bad!

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Raphael Mavi November 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

What an interesting tip :) I like it. Definately makes a lot of sense. Dialogue engages the audience more.
Thanks Katie!

Raphael

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Kirk November 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

The information you shared is extremely valuable. Peter Guber’s book, “Tell To Win” shares this very point. Thank you.

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Shaun November 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

I love stories. Stories will move an audience. Thanks!

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Teresa Street November 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

Loved the accent and the dramatics. Thanks so much Katie!

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Ted November 28, 2011 at 5:59 am

Yup, storytelling is all about painting the picture for your audience. There are lots of little things you can do to capture their attention and to recapture their attention as your story unfolds. As you said in your video, dialogue is one of the best ways to do that. Nice video. You captured my attention.
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R. McDade December 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Your tips on storytelling really rung true for me. It’s what I do now,yet your video made me remember that the 3 tips have always been apart of my life, It seemed in high school I was always on stage acting, dancing, and in recent life I wrote and directed a few plays. Now I realize that I already have the skills I just need to implement them, thank you Katie I enjoyed your presentation.

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Christopher Hummel December 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Great tips, great post. Being a great story teller is a powerful skill to develop.
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Dale Horton December 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Some really great points, Katie. Interesting how that method of engaging an audience includes the major kinesthetic communication modalities. Key to using this effectively is of course to practice it, and practice it, and practice it until it becomes your natural form of communication. Thanks for sharing.
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Wendy Rahilly December 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I totally agree Katie. People tend to trust people who tell their story rather than try to blatantly sell them. It is very powerful. :)
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Viola Tam January 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hi, Katie,

Thank you so much for sharing these tips. I also believe in the power of dialogue. I learned from Michael Oliver that in order to find out what the real meaning of others are talking about, we have to engage them in dialogues.

I appreciate your other points about expressing with feeling.When we convey our message with passion, our body language can can the message in a way much more powerful than we can imagine. This is why selling from our heart is so important :)

Regarding getting into the visual, I have learned that communication is more effective when we can ‘paint the picture’ using words. Tom “Big Al” Schreiter’s training in this area is amazing!

Thank you again for your insights and sharing, Katie.

Viola Tam
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liz leamon January 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Absolutely true….facts tell, story’s sell! Thank you Katie!

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Linda March 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Watch out Dame Judi Dench – Katie’s coming!
I think there has to be a little bit of the thespian in all of us who seek to sell to the public – whether that’s tangible products or ideas in our writing.
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Jared Brown March 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Great tips im going to use some of them with my emailing list.
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hanzy florentino May 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm

hey katie :)
thank you for sharing this video :)this is a great tips :)

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kimberley May 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

Very well done Katie. You are so genuine and engaging. Thank you for the insight and inspiration. You win the tiara for that engaging performance!

Warm regards,
Kimberley

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Jane Frankland July 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

Great video Katie & great tips. I love you for trying to do a British accent! More practice is required so check out mine as it’s real at http://youtube.com/janefranklandtv
x
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Anand Stodt January 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Wow Katie!

It was such a treat watching you! Thanks very much. I love the enthusiastic way you share something you believe would be of great value to me in terms of becoming a better storyteller. And I appreciate your emphasis on clarity in your message including the short summary of the main points at the end. What’s more, you really are a wonderful actress – your “British” accent is impressive. ^_^

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