When I was a kid…



One great way to make a point to a very adult audience is to tell a kid’s story. Not just any kid’s story but something that happened to you! Every adult has started as a child. We all experience the FEAR of learning how to ride a bike or trying something new. Or we had that special relative or teacher who had that profound effect on our lives. We have all had that first day of school and how we felt.

The problem is that we have forgotten those child moments and it is our job as speakers to remind our audience. By telling the audience on how specific events, relatives or teacher taught us as a child, your audience will then apply this information to their own life. According to Professor Stone, family stories tell us, “who we are and how we got that way.”

Start with your own life. Begin writing in a journal about your own life stories. Remember, the more you write, the more you will remember.

One problem is that you know your family story better than your audience. So you must practice, edit, revise and practice again. Practice your story in front of someone and ask their impression. You might be surprise as to what they see.

So…let me tell you a story when I was a kid.


Let me tell you a story!


We have all been told that the easiest way to make a point is to tell a story! Whether it is a point in business or to your kids, telling a story allows your intended audience to listen without being at first judgmental.

Now the most obvious question is, “Where do I get my stories?” The answer is easy, “Just look around you!” The problem we all face is the amount of stimuli that we face on a daily basis. An event happens to you in the morning which would make the basis of a great story but 60 minutes later you have already forgotten about it because someone just told you your afternoon meeting is cancelled. Now you are frustrated and are scrambling to change to a new time and place.

We are constantly exposed to ideas for great stories. However unless you write it down, you may lose the idea. That is why having a small notebook or a pocket recorder on you is the easiest way to remember these ideas. For example, as you are driving you see or think of an idea for a great story. You reach for your recorder and start to record yourself. Later you simply write down your idea into a few sentences or key phrases. Every month you review your notebook.

We all have great stories in us or that we see. We just have to remember them!!

Build Your Vocal Platform 1, 2, 3 …

Have you ever noticed a speaker or yourself becoming breathy while giving a presentation. There is a simple exercise to building a strong vocal platform.

Here is a way to assure that you will have the breath you need when you need it. Stand, yes stand, in the middle of a room. Any room will do. Start by breathing from your diaphragm.
Now take a breath, raise your arm and point your finger to the left corner of the room. Slowly start counting with a strong voice, 1, 2, moving your finger from left to right 3, 4,5. You should now be pointing to the right corner of the room you are facing. Lower your arm and breathe. Did you feel any stress in your lungs or throat? If so, you need to practice this a couple more times. If not, let’s start over.

Repeat the count in a slow, strong voice pointing left to right 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and now turn and continue counting 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Rest your arm and breathe. How do your lung and throat feel now. Were you able to complete it with one breath? If so, great, what you just did is about 10 words.

Let’s test our vocal platform a little further. Repeat and now go from 1 to 15 using three walls as you turn with the objective to do it with one breath. And, yes, when you have this down, you will advance: 1 to 20 using all four walls on one breath and strong voice. Practice until you can do it slowly and with one breath with no distress in lungs or throat. Your mind will tell you how much breath you need for what you are saying, all you need to do is train it so it will not let you down when needed.

Ready, start counting, arm up, take a breath 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, turn, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, turn, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, turn, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. Lower arm, relax and breathe. How do you feel now?