4-Must Have’s for GREAT Story Tellers
This was originally a guest post for my great friend Ron Edmondson, but I thought it needed to be shared here as well…
The greatest communicators…
are the greatest story tellers.Â So if we want to become better communicators, we MUST learn to be better Story Tellers! (Among a lot of other things I know).
1 ~ Feel the PASSION
Why this story? Does this have any value or meaning to you personally? The most powerful stories are the most moving, and moving stories are birthed in passion.
Don’t just download a funny story you heard and re-hash it. Work in the passionate place!
2~ Open with a BANG
Like the oldÂ adageÂ goes, we only have 30-seconds to capture our audiences attention. If not…Well it only gets harder. So…make sure your story has a captivating EMOTION tied to it. And you need to know what that is! You will need to mix that back in through out your sermon or talk.
Close it tight! Don’t let your pants fall down at the end! Your closing is absolutely key. So here’s my idea. Make sure you have the opening and closing down, even before the middle.
This is what people will remember, this is what you sending them home with.
Tighten it down, let them know they are not leaving the same as when they came.
4~ The story has to WEAVE
I have this diagram (shown at the right) that I share with those own our communications team. I use it illustrate the flow of a good sermon or talk.Â
We open with a powerful story
Transition the story to our Biblical Text
We interject other points of the story
We weave the story through out the sermon
We transition back to the story’s ending
We use the stories ending & Biblical Truth
We end with a strong challenge based on Scripture