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

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crafted with narrative nonfiction

Narrative nonfiction combines the authenticity of nonfiction reporting with the writing style of fictional stories – think of newspaper meets novel – to be informative & entertaining.

While it’s most often used to describe a genre of writing, such as In Cold Blood, Black Hawk Down, or The Perfect Storm, we apply similar methods to the art of oral storytelling as a way to capture the audience’s attention and make your story memorable.

From keynote speeches, to telling stories on stage or podcasts, this method of personal storytelling wraps real life experiences within literary techniques, and it has the power to expand our understanding of important topics.

nar-uh-tiv – noun
A spoken or written account of connected events; a story

non-fik-shun – noun
Narrative prose based on facts, real events, real people

Do you have an important story to tell, but need help defining the structure and building out the narrative?
Our Speaker coaching can lead you through the process, allowing you to tell your story with greater impact.

UC San Diego Extension

If you’re not ready for private speaker coaching, I’m teaching a course in storytelling at UCSD Extension in 2018. This course is focused on short format storytelling based on the principles of narrative nonfiction, a style found at speaking venues such as Ignite, The Moth, TEDx events, and corporate environments.

In this course you will define an idea that you want to discuss, then craft an impactful five minute narrative that explains the idea in a way that will resonate with an audience, and deliver your talk to the class. Thursdays, May 10th to June 14th.

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Three things I tell every speaker that I coach…

“The audience should see the world differently after hearing your talk.”

“It’s your story, but it’s not about you, it’s about the gift you’re giving to the audience.”

“The true power of storytelling lies in the fact that your story can become part of someone else’s story.”

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“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.”
Kirsten Johnson, Founder & CEO, Richer Experiences

“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 stage, was truly invaluable!”
Jennifer Myers, Co-founder & Director of Programs, R.I.S.E. to Empower

“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.”
Alex Pascal, CEO, CoachLogix

“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.”
Navrina Singh, Director Business Development, Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft

“Mark Lovett’s speaker coaching was one of my most transformative and life changing experiences.
He helped me find my voice, connect to an audience, and craft a message that went beyond my wildest expectations.”
Regina Bernal, Entrepreneurship Manager, University of San Diego

“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 speaking.”
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“Add life coach to your resume. Your skill in helping craft an idea worth sharing is remarkable,
but your understanding of the human condition is a life changing power.”
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