This is one of those posts which I have always wanted to put together. I hope you get as much learnings from them as I have over time.

Why 40 points? So that I have a good excuse to update it later.

    1. You don’t need to be a Shakespeare to tell moving stories. You too can share those stories.
    2. Stories are effective because they help connect you with your audience. They form a reality between your reality and theirs.
    3. Paul Zak demonstrated the effect of stories on people. Your story inspires the audience to act by releasing a dose of Oxytocin in them.
    4. Stories work because they are relatable. We see who we are but also who we can become all within your tale.
    5. Storytelling keeps the audience focused. By sharing your tale, our interest is aroused and we hang on your words.
    6. Every story has the same major elements; the Character(s), a Setting and the Plot
    7. There is no better main character in your story than you or someone else your audience can relate to. Show them how!
    8. Setting is just a fancy word for you to tell us where the story took place. Better yet, take us there in your story.
    9. If your story is like a journey, the plot is you sequentially guiding us from one location, along the way, showing us the sites to the destination
    10. Your story should contain nuggets of lessons we can apply. Remember, you want us to take baby steps!
    11. Ever been afraid of speaking in public? Guess what? Telling your own story helps overcome Shakism! You are yourself because it is YOUR story.
    12. We’ve all been there, you are speaking but it seems nobody is listening. The secret is – people listen to people they like!
    13. Don’t just claim you did it, tell me a story of how you did it.
    14. Emotional connection is the key to breaking down barriers in your audience.
    15. Getting your audience to FEEL helps to get them to DO. Focus on the emotions.
    16. Sharing your own story, shows that you are vulnerable and open. That helps your audience see the REAL you!
    17. There are stories in your everyday affairs. Take note of those emotion laden events daily.
    18. Creating a good story is in knowing the important details. Details help bring your story to life.
    19. Telling a good tale is as much what you say as what you show. Use your movements to build up your story.
    20. Success in your presentation depends on your ability o reach the audience.
    21. Are you afraid of being in front of the audience? Even the best get nervous, just tell a story.
    22. Your stories are laden with fruits. Your challenge is to harvest these lessons for your audience.
    23. Using emotive words – image rich words – help your audience visualize your stories.
    24. Your story can drive creativity by making the audience think ahead and imagine what comes next.
    25. The lessons hidden in your story are there as an inspiration to others
    26. Pausing in your story shows control. This breather also gives your audience time to digest what they’ve heard.
    27. Telling the same story again, the message remains the same but how you tell it can change. You have to keep it fresh.
    28. The key to a great presentation is practice. However, your story should never become repetitive.
    29. Write down your stories as they happen. Don’t wait till you need a story to search for one.
    30. Telling YOUR own stories makes it easier for you to remember them.
    31. Starting your presentation with a story immediately draws the attention of your audience.
    32. You can only draw out of your audience in the same measure which you invested in them.
    33. Your audience will only pay attention to you after you connect with them. Show them you care.
    34. You can use different stories to bring out your point(s). Or draw out several points from one story.
    35. Did it feel like you fumbled while telling your story? Stand up straight, tell us another story about getting up after a fall.
    36. Telling your own story shows your authenticity. Also, nobody can ever take your story away from you.
    37. Your story is a source of inspiration  to you and others. Tell us your story.
    38. Varying your tone, pitch and speed are ways to use your voice and make the story memorable.
    39. Tell me about yourself, this means tell me YOUR story. Do you already have this pitch?
    40. Finish your presentation by calling back your initial story and bring the points home.

Please feel free to add more in the comments section. Or just let me know if you found them useful.