• Storytelling with Impact, Your Story Can Change the World

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

“Getting good as a writer, or any kind of storyteller, seems to me a lifelong pursuit. And one that demands we realize there is always another level to reach, and dare ourselves to take some creative risks as we get there.”Jacqui Banaszynski

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What to include in a short format story is one of the most difficult storytelling challenges, as major pieces of your narrative must be compressed, or left out altogether.

As climate change may turn out to be the most important story of the 21st century, creating a 15 minute TED Talk on the subject would be a most demanding exercise.

In this blog post I’ve featured Christiana Figueres‘ talk from TED2016, as well as a recent interview with Chris Anderson on the TED Interview podcast that provides you with a lot more background information.

The combination of both formats (video/audio) illustrates what was selected for inclusion in the talk, and how much additional material there was to work with, much of which could be part of a longer talk, such as a 45 minute keynote.

Hands Earth Climate Change Protection

Improve your storytelling with some storylistening

Like anything in life, developing a skill takes a lot of study and practice, so to be a great storyteller, you should listen to a lot of stories in order to learn the craft of writing and delivering impactful narratives. TED/TEDx Talks are a brilliant source for stories, but so are podcasts, and the five listed above are ones worth listening to if you want to stay sharp on personal storytelling.

The five podcasts below are a bit different in that they bring in a sense of investigative journalism and historical context, often with a ‘big picture’ feeling that addresses larger topics. Combining these styles gives you a far richer palette for story creation.

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, our 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!

Storytelling with Impact is independently operated, and is not affiliated with the TED organization.