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Storytelling In Public Speaking Is The #1 Secret To A Powerful Presentation

by May 29, 2015Public Speaking, Public Speaking Tips26 comments



In this video, I reveal the number one secret to public speaking. It’s not enough to be clever in front of an audience.

In fact, they will not remember your brilliant points after the speech. They will not remember your powerpoints. But they will remember the stories you tell.

That’s why storytelling in public speaking is a must. It’s the one skill you have to master.

Whether you are giving a wedding toast, speaking at your family reunion, or giving a presentation at work, you need to share stories.

The people who changed the world through words use stories to persuade, motivate, and evoke emotion in their listeners. They mesmerize them with highly charged and emotional hooks through stories.

Now, of course, there are so many different kinds of stories. But it doesn’t matter. You just need to keep in mind that when you are speaking in public, you need to carefully select a few stories to engage your audience.

Yes, you must make a point. You cannot just tell a story for the sake of telling it. The audience is always silently saying, “What’s the point?” or “get to the point.” Do you see what I mean?

When you can masterfully use a story to illustrate a point, your message will stick. You are able to engage and connect with your audiences.

26 Comments

  1. Nonkululeko

    Hi Rene, i have a story to tell about my up bringing relationship with my mother and i feel there are alot of girls, women and current mothers that can relate to my story and i want to become a motivational speaker to share my story and let them know that they are not alone and motivate them on how to deal with the issue.

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    • Rene Godefroy

      That sounds great to me. When are you ready to start?

      Reply
  2. Maxwell Zalisile

    Good day Rene,

    Your video is very helpful and powerful. So now I want to start speaking. Where do I start and how? Because I believe I have to start small and grow bigger and bigger. Secondly, how do I prepare for speaking. Lastly, do my stories goes with listeners or just tell any store?

    Thank you
    Maxwell

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    • Rene Godefroy

      If you take the time to watch all the videos, you will discover how to start your motivational speaking business. Watch the videos again and again.

      Reply
  3. Nerlie Alexandre

    Interesting! I can see how this can be a helpful strategy to help my students.
    Thanks for the tips and advise.

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    • Rene Godefroy

      It’s my pleasure Nerlie. Thanks for letting me know.

      Reply
  4. Sheila Briddell-Joyner

    Rene,

    Thank you for sharing your Public Speaking videos. I have learned a lot from listening to them. Keep sharing the knowledge and continued success to you!

    Sheila

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    • Rene Godefroy

      It’s my pleasure Sheila. Glad you find the videos very helpful.

      Reply
  5. Tony

    This is a great video and it will really help me reach my audience! Rene…thanks for all your help. I have been watching your videos since May 2014. Your words inspired me to write a book. I never thought I could write a book until I started following you. Your words were 10 chapters and 10 pages per chapter. I just self-published my first books titled S.A.V.E.D. for young adults.

    Thanks so much for motivating me!

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    • Rene Godefroy

      Great! I’m glad you were able to use my ideas to write your book. It’s not that hard. It just takes discipline.

      Reply
  6. Wilson Sikhomo

    Thanks Rene. I’m learning a lot from you.

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  7. Joe Novara

    Another great video. Thank you Rene. I love a good storyteller.
    I rely heavily on stories.

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    • Rene Godefroy

      Yes! Stories are the foundation of life. We are all storytellers. We tell stories every day to our friends and family.

      Reply
  8. Kevin Greene

    Thanks again Rene, for the golden nuggets.

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  9. Debbie Kennedy

    Rene, very useful advice, thank you. Definitely food for thought and it really does make sense.

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  10. Quiota

    Thank you for the excellent information. I will use this information to improve my stand up comedy performances.

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    • Rene Godefroy

      Yes. The same techniques work for stand up comedy as well. Comedians are always telling stories.

      Reply
  11. Kim

    Thank You!
    This was very helpful

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  12. Denis

    Great video, I tried to rewind so I get the points correctly but NO REWIND icon

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  13. Felicia

    Hi Rene,

    Your videos keep me on my toes because there’s always something new to pick. This piece really did help. Thank you so much.

    Reply
  14. medale oluwafemi

    Thanks a lot, it really a wonderful skill

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  15. Vusie Mhlanga

    Wow!!! this is interesting indeed and it’s only applying the techniques you have just shared to be able to speak infront of the public.
    I appreciate very much.

    Thank u!!!!

    Reply
  16. Gloria

    This is very helpful.

    Reply

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