Scott Simon is a journalist with National Public Radio. He’s been telling huge stories for most of his career and he’s an expert when it comes to phraseology and keeping a conversational tone. Whether you’re telling a story in a speech or sermon, or shooting a short video for a Youtube marketing campaign, Scott’s advice will take you a long way.
Here’s the video, then my takeaways…
Pointers for Telling Stories
These are the phrases I wrote down as I watched Scott’s talk:
- Have a point! (Or don’t tell the story.)
- Give repeatable, vivid details.
- Beginnings are vital. Grab them with the first line!
- Use short, breathable segments.
- Avoid dependent clauses.
- Be conversational. Talk to the individual behind the camera.
What else? What pointers would you give for telling stories well?