Every day, Thiagi tweets ready-to-use pieces of practical advice on performance-improvement topics such as coaching, creativity, customer service, feedback, leadership, listening skills and management.
Here are some recent pieces of advice on storytelling that were re-tweeted frequently:
- Don’t count the number of stories you can tell. Even if you tell only one story, make it count.
- Personalize your story. But don’t make yourself the super hero. People love self-derogatory tales featuring your silly mistakes.
- Practice storytelling by telling stories. Tell them out aloud. Change your intonation and volume. Record, listen back, and make changes.
- Convert the takeaway message of your story to a crisp, memorable slogan. After ending the story, share this tagline.
- Slow down your narration. Build in pauses to permit the listeners to feel, laugh, cry, anticipate, and reflect.
- Ask yourself, “Do I need a story?”. If yes, ask, “Is this the best story?”. If yes, ask “How can I remove irrelevant elements from the story?”
- Make your story intellectually interactive. Don’t give all the details. Let the listeners guess, infer, extrapolate, and anticipate.
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