In this TED Presentation, Rob Harmon tells a story, a really good story, and although it involves him, it’s not about him. Stories can win over the Hearts-n-Minds of your audience. And Personal Stories can be the most influential. Why you ask? Well,
When you’re willing to share your personal experiences with an audience, you are essentially removing or reducing some of the distance between you and them. You’re indicating that you’re someone the audience can connect with. Maybe even Trust. And this connection can generate good will for both You and your reason for being there. In this instance…
Rob Harmon succeeds in effectively building Engagement with, and Support from, the audience. Stories, skillfully related and appropriate for the event, can be a valuable Performance of Speaking tool. When you make friends with an Audience and they with You, you’re in a position to influence the Audience and gain their support. See more TED videos.
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Ask: Does my Story Help me achieve my Goals with this Audience?
If Yes, use it. If No, don’t.
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