20: Common Mistakes That Make Speakers Fail at Storytelling

December 7, 2023

20: Common Mistakes That Make Speakers Fail at Storytelling

Jacqueline exposes some of the most common mistakes that can turn interesting stories into mere self-indulgent ramblings.

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Storytelling tops the list of critical skills for impactful speaking. Yet, with over 1 billion Google results on compelling storytelling, why do so many speakers still fail to effectively connect with their audiences?

In this episode of Speaker Driven Business, Jacqueline exposes some of the most common mistakes that can turn interesting stories into mere self-indulgent ramblings. She talks about how to avoid common pitfalls, such as pure narration with no audience connection, over-immersion that goes too deep into details, positioning yourself as the hero rather than the guide, and negligence – sharing deep and dark elements without the skill or awareness to bring audiences back out from the experience.

Additionally, Jacqueline discusses the metaphor of the 5-year-old gatekeeper, how even the most competent speakers struggle to drop listeners from their heads to their hearts, and why logic and facts rarely persuade them to open up.

If you’re eager to harness the power of storytelling without falling into these traps, tune into this episode where Jacqueline offers tips for unlocking the full capability of stories to influence audiences.

WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The power of storytelling and why a lot of people are still not good at it (02:40)
  • Storytelling mistake 1: self-indulgence (03:52)
  • Storytelling mistake 2: pure narration (04:59)
  • Storytelling mistake 3: pure immersion (06:00)
  • Storytelling mistake 4: wanting to be the hero (06:32)
  • Storytelling mistake 5: negligent lived experience (07:06) 
  • The 5-year-old gatekeeper (10:28)

QUOTES

“Stories are the most powerful entry point for anyone coming into our world.” – Jacqueline Nagle

“If your stories don’t create trust and connection, in support of one big idea – then they have to go.” – Jacqueline Nagle