I am often asked for my views on keeping the stories in a speech completely accurate as to what happened, as opposed to embellishing the story to make a great speech. My response is that while you need to be true to your stories, you must also be true to your message. Make sure that your audience remembers your message.
But it can be a fine line between embellishing a story to make it a great story, and telling an outright lie.
Darren la Croux has written a great blog post on this subject, explaining that your stories should at least be “Based on a True Story”. He says,
Have you ever noticed that Hollywood blockbusters always start off, “based on a true story?” They never start, “this is exactly how it happened.” If they told it exactly how it happened, we’d be bored!
Are you perfectly accurate when you tell your stories? The truth is important, yes. I’m not saying to lie or make things up. I just want your stories to be so memorable that people walk away clearly understanding your message.
If you are unsure how to approach this issue in your speeches, read his post; he gives a very clear an concise answer.
Some tips I picked up from Gary (ex goal keeper for Manchester United) at our Toastmasters conference. Enjoy!
- Is a $1 billion business
- Has 300 million customers
- Delivers weekly to its customers
The principles of a good soccer team apply to business as well…
- Be tough- learns to takes knocks
- Build on gratitude
- Appreciate staff and all those around you
- Things go wrong for everybody at some time
- It’s how you deal with life, not what happens to you that is important
- Plan for the future
- Don’t send emotional emails because there is no emotion in email
- Make time for others
- Raise your energy
- Body; food & exercise
- Spirit; helping others
Dr Ali Bacher
spoke at our Toastmasters conference in May. Here are a few lessons from him.
- Return correspondence within 24 hours
- Brevity – 2 pages (both speaking and writing)
- Workplace structures are meaningless (my version is that titles are meaningless)
- Look after quality people that make it happen
- If you pay peanuts you get monkeys
- Keep your door open
- Promote performers
- Give responsibility to people you have confidence in
- Give small gestures of appreciation
- Be honest – never lie
- Never break your word
- Always settle out of court
- Never record your feelings at the time, wait until you have cooled down
- To learn respect, set the example
- Fly economy class with your staff!
- You have a responsibility to transfer your skills
- Things don’t just happen; be proactive