What’s in a story? Life lessons, funny anecdotes? Travels and takeaways? The story of your life is not about your vacation or even the bio you’ve written for work. It is the value that comes from your experience and the essence of what your life has taught you. Everyone has something important to say and everyone
It was painful. I watched my over-confident friend Chris ramble, fidget and clear his throat while running his first non-profit Board Meeting as president. “Ahhhmm. Uh, let’s see—let’s start with, well I guess we should cover agenda…” he hesitated. This was a high-stakes opportunity to show up with credibility and command, and he was blowing
When you meet Jane McIntyre, you know instantly you’re with the real deal. She is admired for engineering the turnaround of the United Way of the Central Carolinas (UWCC ), one of the largest fund-raising agencies in the country. But it’s not her reputation that will impress you. She is a charming woman with a
We like to talk about innovation and new business models, but for many of my clients the old top-down, command-and-control way of managing people is still alive and well. In the fear-based workplace, short-term numbers are king, and when the numbers are off, leaders respond by applying pressure. They give pushy pep rallies and bear
Exactly how do you motivate your audience with a presentation or speech? You’ll find dozens of articles here on our website that give you ideas. Today I want to illustrate how not to do it. How not to motivate your audience Years ago I attended a radio group awards gala for excellence in ratings and revenue.
Ben came to Interact Studio last year, wanting our help in preparing for an important interview. He had scripted answers to the most-asked interview questions, and asked us to help him practice. “First, tell me your story,“ I said. “My story? In what context?” he asked. At Interact, we ask people to tell their story by
Most of us live in a speed trap. We stay in our minds, thinking about all we have to get done by the end of the day. As a result, we’ve become un-original in what we say. What gives our words power is to pause. Think about what you want to say. Ask a question. Before you
People misunderstand storytelling; they believe stories will lose the audience. Not true. Stories don’t have to be long with a complex narrative. They don’t have to be campfire stories. A story can be less than a minute long. Use a quote, metaphor, anecdote or “story bite” to help us understand your message as you craft
Headline, Subject Line, Pick Up line, here’s how to craft whatever kind of line you need. Patrick McLean is an award-winning writer, friend and guest blogger at Interact. To learn more about Patrick, visit his helpful website.
Watch out for lazy language. “I feel like we might win.” We make a commitment that, “hopefully I’ll be there.” We connect everything with filler: “um, you know, like I’m not happy about it.” We use misplaced modesty: “I really don’t like talking about myself.” We apologize: “This is probably a dumb question.” Show up
Business people have the habit of saying, “I don’t like talking about myself,” which just misplaced modesty. We could use a little of you in your communication. Here’s how to give your communications some color The last time you laughed so hard you cried Something your granddad used to say A scene in nature that took