How to tell your story

Telling a story that is to be recorded is different from reading out loud what you have written.

What our eyes and the brain take in as we read something is not the same for us as we listen to those same words as they are read out loud.

Many of us listen better if what we hear is short and to the point.

But most of us do not normally speak that way.

Long sentences with modifying phrases are not easy for a listener to hear.

So what do we do to make the telling of our story more interesting?

Prepare yourself to be recorded.

Try the following:

* Write the story down in your own words.

* Use large type or print .

* Break the story up into short bullet points that are your main points of  your story.

*Do not read exactly what you wrote.

* As you tell your story, use what you wrote to make all of your points.

* If you’ve written words like “don’t or can’t,” say instead “do not” or “cannot, as the listener hears them more easily. 

* Use few phrases and complicated language as the listener listens in  intervals of only a few seconds. 

* Speak simply.

* Most importantly, be yourself and do not worry about any “ers” or “ahs” or pauses as you tell your story, we can take care of them.

Helpful information from FCAA:

For Alumni—Connect and Transform

Strategic Sharing

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