Let's Tell a Story Together
My two favorite things to do (besides playing with the kids and summer date nights in the Jeep) are creating and telling stories. I have been told that my love for telling stories comes from being from the South. I am not sure what that has to do with anything, but I AM from the South AND I love telling stories so…
Over the past 15 years I have had the opportunity to speak an infinite number of times. Over that time I have often wondered why giving a PowerPoint has excited me. Then one day I watched General Martin Dempsey present to an audience of >200 by using a single picture. It was one of the best presentations I have ever seen. He had mastered the art of storytelling and used his PowerPoint to do the one thing he couldn't fully explain to his audience - the expression on the faces of two soldiers in battle. His presentation helped me realize that it was not “giving a powerpoint” that I loved, it was the storytelling.
After seeing the true role of PowerPoint in complementing the story and not driving it - I realized that my preparation could (and should) focus on the story. That allowed me to focus more on my audience and less on my font choice. I could think deeper about the emotional journey and less about the agenda. This change in style allowed me to focus on taking people on the story arc and creating a memorable experience. I have been able to explore this with different topics and audiences and the outcomes from focusing on the story - and not the “deck” - are always the best.
We are exploring an idea that the next phase of Wearrative would be a video tutorial / VLOG series on how to tell great stories to different audiences (executives, students, community) using different tools (PowerPoint, whiteboard, object lessons). Each episode would take a major topic (e.g. introductions, handling nerves, short deadlines) and offer examples on how to handle these topics with the different audiences and tools. We would target the videos to be <5 minutes each - short and sweet.
So, what do you think about that? Would it be helpful? Are we missing something? We would love to know your thoughts!
Here is to great stories,