How do you tell the perfect story?
It’s a question that’s plagued me and many Clappers for years. It’s also been renowned keynote speaker, Kindra Hall’s focus since she first started telling stories at 11 years old. Now, with a lifetime of experience and practice under her belt, she’s ready to share what she believes makes truly great storytelling.
There is no secret formula or magic pill for being a great storyteller, but there are some universal truths that sit behind every good story.
As President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, Kindra has spent years teaching people and businesses how to use storytelling to overcome their communication challenges. From working with Facebook and Berkshire Hathaway to delivering in-house training and being keynote speaker at global conferences, Kindra has helped countless people tell their story better.
I’ve been listening to Kindra’s talks for years and we’ve been bouncing ideas off each other since we first met. To have her join me on Standing Ovation is a real honor and I hope you come away feeling empowered to tell your own story. Like Kindra, it could even put a ring on your finger!
Find out about:
- How Kindra enlisted Kylie Minogue to win her husband’s heart, and how that story helped her teach sell-out spin classes in Phoenix, AZ.
- Kindra’s genius idea for testing out new stories
- Why you have to bring your own energy, not rely on your audience for it
- How choosing the right details will make your story unforgettable
- How minimal slides will make your words last longer
- Why you don’t want your audience to listen – instead you want them to co-create
- How to tell a better story from beginning to end
Quotes from the episode:
“In business and in life, what we are trying to do is gain connection.
What people will keep coming back for – what will draw them in and make them miss you if you’re gone – are the stories that you tell.”
“Putting a picture up on the screen might feel like what you should do, but it would entirely defeat the purpose of telling stories and presentations. Because it isn’t about you. It’s about them. Let them develop their story – that is the key.”
Connect with Kindra Hall
2 Key Questions
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about the speaking business?
“The best piece of advice I got was after one of my first, what I would call, accidental speeches. Someone in the room who does keynote speaking said: ‘The best thing about you up there is that you were just you. Keep doing that. Just be you.’ I think that it’s easy once you get up on a stage to think that you need to be someone grander, or bigger, or smarter, or something more than yourself and the truth is… you are your best when you are being you. So that was the best stage advice I ever received and it’s also the best business advice I ever received.”
Who is your dream guest for Standing Ovation?
“Tony Robbins. I really have a huge amount of respect for Tony Robbins. I think he’s built an amazing empire. I’ve been to his events, I’ve spoken on his webinars and had the chance to meet him once. He’s a really talented guy and I’d love to hear more about his approach.”