Confession is Good for the Soul and Your Audience | Tell Alls Work

ByBill Belew

Confession is Good for the Soul and Your Audience | Tell Alls Work

This puzzles me. But it is what it is.

Audiences, more and more, want to know that the speaker is human, that the speaker has flaws, the speaker made mistakes and are still plugging away.

These days, speakers seem more than happy to oblige their listeners. Too happy? You decide.

Stories have layers

Stories have layers

Speakers talk about their divorce, their abusive childhood, diseases as a result of a poor lifestyle, suicide attempts and, and …

Really? Yes, really.

Related: Good Storytelling Techniques We Learn from Kids

More often than not these kinds of stories show up in motivational talks with an overall theme of –

“Look how stupid I was but I am still here, ain’t I?”

Or we see it in the tried-and-true version of good story telling – hero, obstacle (my past), victory – formula.

Good presentations don’t just give good information, the presentation gives good information while telling a good story.

If you are comfortable, you can dig into your past and let your past sins be your antagonist. When you do this, your listeners will not only learn, they will be able to identify/relate to you the speaker as well.

Hint: If you are going to tell your story, be sure you aren’t blowing your horn when you do it. Sentences that start with the word “I” and make “Me” the hero can wear thin pretty quickly.

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Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

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