stô-rē-tel-ing – noun or adjective
The social activity of sharing personal stories
im’pakt – noun or verb
Having a direct and strong effect on someone
“The true power of storytelling lies in the fact that your story can become part of someone else’s story.”
There are many factors that go into crafting and delivering stories that inform, enlighten, even challenge a listener, but in this post I’m sharing three dimensions that form the foundation of public speaking. (p.s. they’ve been relevant for a few millennium)
As you can see, they all point toward a speaker’s credibility or trustworthiness, combined with a story’s ability to touch us emotionally, and for the narrative to make sense. It’s the combination of all three that creates story magic. If one of these factors is missing, your story will be missing impact.
From the moment we’re born, storytelling becomes a fundamental aspect of our humanity, as we learn about our strange new environment by listening to stories told by family and friends. Story allows us to make sense of the world, and once we begin speaking ourselves, we quickly become consummate storytellers.
Once we begin school, however, the emphasis shifts away from listening and speaking toward reading and writing, which is why few adults have ever received any instruction on storytelling and public speaking. The good news is that, like any skill, it is never to late to learn. I’ve helped hundreds of people (educators, scientists, business leaders & creatives) craft impactful stories.
“Storytelling is the most fundamental way to understand and express our humanity. “
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What people say about working with me
There are few people who can reach into your soul and help you find your story . Mark is one of those amazing coaches. His coaching style is filled with passion and knowledge, the perfect blend needed to help you discover the best version of yourself.
Mark is an incredibly talented speaker coach. Not only does he serve as an invaluable thought partner in the process of crafting a story, he is an expert in helping speakers transform stories into experiences that are shared with an audience. Together we crafted an engaging keynote talk.
Mark understood my message intuitively from the start but could zoom out and help me share it in a way that others could ‘get it’ too. He’s got this gift for seeing the universal nuggets of insight or delight that we can use to tell our story.
Imagine if you could get Tiger Woods’ coach to help you be a better golfer, or you could get Michael Phelps coach to make you a better swimmer. Mark Lovett helped make my talk more compelling and emotionally engaging with the audience. I can’t recommend him enough.
Mark Lovett’s speaker coaching was one of my most transformative and life changing experiences. He helped me to find my voice, connect to an audience, and craft a message that went beyond my wildest expectations and prepared me for the TEDx stage.
Mark is such an experienced professional that he can listen to you speak for 5 minutes, then tell you exactly where you are strong and what you need to work on to get better. That’s an amazing skill, and it gets even more amazing when you see how he finds a caring and gentle way to encourage you to change authentically. He’s at the top of his game in the field of speaker coaching and storytelling.
Mark is an exceptional storytelling mentor. He helped me craft a powerful TEDx talk on a sensitive topic. I came to him confused at how to tell my story and he guided me into something that had the audience both laughing and in tears. I am grateful to Mark for helping turn my story, and a message dear to my heart, into something that had great impact.
Mark is gifted with an almost magical ability to help people find the most authentic threads in their story, then craft them into a precious gem of art. Mark’s support, from creating my talk until the moment I stepped onto the TEDx stage, was truly invaluable!
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