PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

A story can be a powerful addition to your speech or presentation—if the audience members get the point you intended to make with the story.

Let’s say you tell a story about someone being forgiven for something they did wrong.  Your intention is to communicate the power of forgiveness; however, many people in your audience think your main point was that certain crimes don’t deserve punishment.  Your story may have been engaging, but it failed to accomplish what you intended.

Even if the point of your story would seem to be obvious, say what it is anyway.  As you can see, forgiveness has the power to heal a broken relationship.

Don’t worry; a simple statement about the story’s point is not going to insult the intelligence of your audience members.  It’s just going to make sure you succeed in communicating what you intended to communicate.

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