20 Stories TALL

Do you have a core group of stories you can tell on a regular basis and customize for each audience?

On this page you will find 20 of my stories that you can listen to, dissect, and hopefully use to take your own stories to new heights and make your audiences TALL (Think, Act, Laugh, and Learn)

However, before you go to my stories, please understand why I am giving this away for free.

What I wish I had

When I started rising up the ranks as a professional speaker, I had a strong desire to hear the stories other speakers were telling. I wanted to dissect those stories and see why they worked, what ingredients they had in common, and how I could use those same success formulas in my own stories.

So I purchased and sifted through keynote after keynote (this was before YouTube video clips of course) with the hopes of coming across patterns that could help me improve my stories. All the while I remember thinking, “I wish I could access all of these stories in one place without having to dig through all of the keynotes.”

What you can access for free

That’s exactly why I created this site.
You now have the opportunity to significantly improve your own stories by having free access to twenty of mine all in the same place. Some are long, others are short. Some are humorous, others are serious. I have delivered these same stories all around the world and they continue to work. The key is for you to pull out some of the patterns and processes you hear working for me that you feel will work for you.

Some of the Patterns you will pick up are…

  1. How the dialogue between characters (or in a character’s mind) pumps life into the story
  2. How the dialogue uncovers the humor in the story
  3. How the reaction to each line of dialogue is just as important as the dialogue itself
  4. How the conflict hooks in the audience
  5. How escalating the conflict rivets the audience
  6. How the change in the character is what really begins selling the message
  7. How the Foundational Phrase is usually short, rhythmic, strong, and clear
  8. How the characters are developed through description, voice, posture and positioning (although, of course you can’t see the posture or positioning here)
  9. How curiosity can be used to make the audience want to listen to the story in the first place
  10. How setting the scene and bringing your audience into it can be done quickly without stalling the story
  11. How calling back to parts of the story helps make it stick
  12. How the turning point of the story comes through a cure which is offered by someone other than you
  13. How you can make someone else the star of the story
  14. How you can be under the influence of the characters’ emotions throughout the story
  15. How you can check-in with your audience throughout the story to keep them engaged
  16. How you move from the story back to the conversational tone with your audience
  17. How twists and turns uncover more humor
  18. How your audience should feel like you are having a dialogue rather than giving a monologue
  19. How you can still take advantage of spontaneous moments even during your planned stories
  20. How you put the process, not the person, on a pedestal

Uncover the Patterns that will help you create unforgettable stories

Surely you will uncover more patterns as you venture through these stories. Also, by no means do I feel like I am the only one you should listen to. But I obviously have permission to share my own stories. Still, go to YouTube and other sites to listen and watch stories from a variety of speakers and look for the patterns there too!

Enjoy the following Twenty Stories that were designed to make my audiences TALL (Think, Act, Laugh, Learn)

1. 6 figures Story – Delivered in Miami, Florida (4 minutes 50 seconds)
2. Car Story – Delivered in Miami, Florida (1 minute and 41 seconds)
3. My Baby Story – Delivered in Ottawa, Canada (3 minutes and 33 seconds)
4. Sheen Factor Story – Delivered in Ottawa, Canada (6 minutes and 15 seconds)
5. Chicago Airport Story Delivered in Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 minutes and 4 seconds)
6. Crabs in a barrel Story – Delivered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (6 minutes and 13 seconds)
7. 5-Hour Flight Story – Delivered in Las Vegas, Nevada (1 minute and 38 seconds)
8. Imagination Story – Delivered in Jackson, Mississippi (6 minutes and 31 seconds)
9. KFC Story – Delivered in Bankstown, Australia (1 minute and 8 seconds)
10. Michigan Story – Delivered in Seattle, Washington (4 minutes and 21 seconds)
11. Lancaster Story – Delivered in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2 minutes and 23 seconds)
12. Fripp Story – Delivered in Los Angeles, California (2 minutes and 24 seconds)
13. Tori’s Letter – Delivered in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1 minute)
14. Mr. H. Story – Delivered in San Diego, California (4 minutes and 47 seconds)
15. Allan Misch Story – Delivered in Ft. Worth, Texas (1 minute and 34 seconds)
16. Jermaine Williams Story – Delivered in Meridian, Mississippi (9 minutes and 18 seconds)
17. Bunk bed Story – Delivered in Miami, Florida (1 minute and 9 seconds)
18. Snakebite Story (This was a contest speech. You will hear when I delivered it post-contest
to an audience later in the year 1999)
– Delivered in Silver Spring, Maryland (7 minutes and 52 seconds)
19. Surprise Party Story – Delivered in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1 minute and 18 seconds)
20. Bookstore Story – Delivered in Cedar Falls, South Dakota (6 minutes and 15 seconds)

Two Bonus Stories

Every now and then you will be able to use a story but only for that particular event. They are usually “Call backs” to something that has happened. Here are two of those kinds of situations. Enjoy the stories.

1. Mr. Turner Story
2. Locked the door Story

How good will you be one year from now?

One year from now, if you would like to be at least 3 times better than the speaker you are today, visit my free program at www.52SpeakingTips.com