If you’re like me (and most other people), you’re fascinated by stories.
As a speaker, stories also help you to connect with, to deeply engage, and even to transfix your audience.
But expert storyteller Kindra Hall has a stern warning for you:
“There is one story you should never tell
– the story that makes you cry”
Kindra Hall, at 0:05
She goes on to say:
“Crying in front of an audience
shows a lack of control and
is simply irresponsible
…You can tell I feel
strongly about that!”
Kindra Hall, at 1:35
What is it about public speaking that you’d be most likely to search for on the internet? You might be surprised which of my posts gets the most search traffic…
The most popular post on this blog – by far – is the one on awesome opening lines. And almost 60 people have commented on it, too. So it’s definitely a hot topic for public speakers.
But if you go looking for an opening line for your talk, I think you’re taking the wrong approach.
Why do I say that? Well, the combination of your audience and your topic are unique. So, if you search the internet for an opening line, you’re very unlikely to find a good fit for your specific talk.
What should you do, then? You’ll find one great answer in this 3-minute video by Kindra Hall.
How do you decide whether to tell a deeply personal story in public, such as at work?
In this 4-minute video, Kindra Hall gives you 3 ways to help you choose whether (and how) to share a tricky story like that:
Recently, I came across Kindra’s work online, and I love it! She shares some great advice, and the topic she’s passionate about is storytelling.
In this video, her 3 main points are: