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The Power of Stories

13 Sep 2017, 19:00 UTC
The Power of Stories
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I have never been a story teller. I’ve never developed the flare, pacing, and audience connections needed to tell a good story. So when I attended the “Women in Business – Transitioning to Leadership” workshop at the University of North Carolina’s (UNC)Kenan-Flagler Business School in May, I wasn’t expecting to tell a story. Dr. Heidi Schultz, Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication at UNC and the facilitator of our Wednesday afternoon session, told us that the story a speaker tells is often the only thing an audience remembers! Once I heard that, I realized that I wanted to know more about the power of stories.In her article for Forbes Magazine, How To Tell A Good Story, contributor Kristi Hedges shares the reasons why most people don’t consider themselves good storytellers.I never think of itI tend to ramble and lose the pointI have a hard time gauging interestI am never sure how much detail to useI don’t have good stories to shareI myself could check off half of these. Hedges assures us that learning to tell stories with confidence is worth the effort. One important piece of advice is to use good story structure. A good story isn’t complicated – ...

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