Last week I facilitated a half-day workshop on the power of personal narrative in your presentations skills to forty non-profit professionals who have been trained in the area of trauma informed care for children, adults and families. The workshop was sponsored by my clients, The Traumatic Stress Institute, a division of Klingberg Family Centers. All forty of these amazing individuals had been trained in Risking Connection, a philosophy that supports the transformation to trauma-informed care and advocates for relationships and connections as the best treatment for healing traumatized children and adults.
In this workshop, we elected to focus on a specific skill with the field of presentation and public speaking – story telling. This blog post is designed to motivate and equip you to:
“Never make a point without telling a story. Never tell a story without making a point.”
Why tell stories?
Brain researcher John Medina, author of Brain Rules, suggests that story telling in presentations is a very effective way to “wake up” your audience and re-engage them. His brain scan studies show that the human brain fatigues every ten minutes or so. We must do something at minute 9 and 59 seconds, or we lose them. Medina recommends story telling and use of metaphors. (p.s. buying Medina’s book is a no-brainer. I highly recommend it!)
What’s makes an effective story?
Download this free workbook: Tell Stories Instead_9 page workbook