Scented Narratives: The Art of Storytelling Through Smell With Melinda Lee - Speak in Flow

Welcome to another episode of Speak In Flow Podcast with Melinda Lee, where we explore the transformative power of storytelling. In today’s captivating episode, we delve into the enchanting world of scent and how it can elevate your storytelling to new heights.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

1. **Descriptive Storytelling with Scent:**

– Uncover the secrets of weaving narratives that captivate your audience through the power of scent. We’ll explore how to create vivid mental imagery using descriptive storytelling techniques.

2. **Engaging Your Audience’s Senses:**

– Dive into the purpose of engaging not just the mind but also the senses. Discover how incorporating scent adds a multi-dimensional layer to your stories, making them more immersive and memorable.

3. **The Aroma of Storytelling:**

– Learn the art of including the sense of smell in your storytelling toolkit. Understand how different scents can evoke emotions, memories, and unique experiences for your audience.

4. **Decoding the Fragrance Palette:**

– Delve into the intricacies of describing various smells in your stories. From the earthy notes of a forest after rain to the warm embrace of freshly baked cookies, we’ll guide you through painting olfactory masterpieces with words.

5. **Inspire Action Through Scent:**

– Discover the transformative power of scent in inspiring others to act and think differently. Learn how to tie your stories to create a lasting impact that lingers in the minds of your audience.

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Tune in to this aromatic episode and unlock the full potential of scent in your storytelling. Your narrative journey is about to take a fragrant and unforgettable turn! 🌺✨

About Melinda:

Melinda Lee is a Presentation Skills Expert, Speaking Coach and nationally renowned Motivational Speaker. She holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology, is an Insights Practitioner, and is a Certified Professional in Talent Development as well as Certified in Conflict Resolution. For over a decade, Melinda has researched and studied the state of “flow” and used it as a proven technique to help corporate leaders and business owners amplify their voices, access flow, and present their mission in a more powerful way to achieve results.

She has been the TEDx Berkeley Speaker Coach and worked with hundreds of executives and teams from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Caltrans, Bay Area Rapid Transit System, and more. Currently, she lives in San Francisco, California, and is breaking the ancestral lineage of silence.

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Transcript
Melinda Lee:

Welcome to speak in flow podcast. I am so glad

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you're here. Today we're going to talk about descriptive

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storytelling, how to use a multisensory effect in your

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stories. You can use visuals, you can use sound, you can use

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smell, you can use touch. And all of these senses will add a

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depth and richness into your stories. If you didn't catch the

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last episode, I talked about how to use sight and sound,

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including those into your story, how to do it effectively. And

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today, we're going to focus in and hone in on scent and smell,

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right how to do that in a way that evokes an emotion that

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evokes memories. I like when I talk about these things, you're

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going to start to feel something, you're going to start

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to have these memories of things. And so how cool is that

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when you can do that within your audience. This helps bring your

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message home, this helps increase your influence. And

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then it inspires people to act to think differently, to behave

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differently. And in this world, in this chaotic time, we want

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more leaders like you to inspire people to act more positively.

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And so let's dive in. How do we bring in the sense, the sense of

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sense of smell into our stories, I can just demonstrate with a

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story right now. As I walked into the conference room, I can

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smell the freshly brewed coffee in the air. I looked down at the

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big long conference table, the cleanliness of the freshly

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polished table. I sat down in the chair, the vinyl chair,

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plastic. I looked at my manager, and she gaze back at me. And she

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said we're not doing it that way, Melinda. I immediately

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tensed up. I wanted to blurt back at her. But at that time, I

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was tired. Because we had already been in previous

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meetings talking over each other, going in circles not

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getting anywhere. So I threw my hands up in the air. And I

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decided to go back to reflect, think back at all the

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conversations that we were having or not conversations more

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like arguments and going in circles. And how it made me feel

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it made other people feel it was so uncomfortable. At that time,

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I'd already been at that company 20 years, I knew what I was

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talking about. She did it she just got here. And so I was

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determined to have it my way. But then what happened is nobody

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heard each other. She didn't hear me, I didn't hear her. And

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we just didn't get anywhere. And I didn't want to be that leader

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anymore. I made a decision that was not how I want to show up as

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a leader. It made me uncomfortable, it made other

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people uncomfortable in the room. And so I decided to let

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her make that decision. Or she's gonna make the decision anyways,

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but I decided to support her on that journey. And we continued

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the project. And what I realised is, we finally were able to move

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on as a team, we're able to move on move forward and the

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initiative, and she ended up allowing me to leave parts of

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the project in ways that I didn't expect. And so I

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developed new leadership skills, the team was able to move

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forward and the whole company was was satisfied. And so there

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was a bigger mission, a bigger purpose in this. And I

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discovered more than I realised I discovered more than I

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expected. And I believe that was what I learned. And I also want

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to encourage you to communicate that way too. Sometimes we have

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to let go of what we initially want to discover more of what we

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could not or see or expect. So there in this story, I included

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the scent the smell, the sense of smell into the story. From

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the beginning. I went straight into the story and described the

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scene and and remember I used the freshly brewed coffee. So

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that could create some memories within you and you can almost

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almost smell it and the freshly polished table the cleanliness

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of the freshly polished table. And so those type of descriptive

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words evoke memories evoke emotion. I could also add, I

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just remembered, like you could also tie sense like smell to

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characters. When I think about my grandmother who's no longer

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bless her heart is still with us. She always smelled like

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mothballs. If you don't know what mothballs are there, they

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are used to, they usually put into closets or cabinets, where

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they're close to differ or to make the moss like to eliminate

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the moss or to make them go away because they have the saw such a

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strong sense. And because it has a strong scent, they actually

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read it goes into the clothes. And then I could smell it always

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on my grandmother, every time I hugged her, I could smell the

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scent of mothballs. So you can tie scent into memories evoking

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memories evoking emotion, even though the scent of mothballs

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was so strong, but it also helped me to remember my

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grandmother, the warmth of my grandmother. And so it's tying

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in a motion is tying in a character. And so using these,

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the sense of smell can can have that effect, and increase the

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richness of your story. And notice how I also use that

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story, to tie in to a message to hopefully inspire you to act to

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inspire you to think differently. If you're in an

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argument that is going in circles and nobody's listening

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to each other, potentially what you could do, how you can

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reflect on your behaviour, and how what could be the possible

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best next steps for you. So I use that story to engage with

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you. And also tie in a message at the end of what I would hope

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to inspire you to be to behave and to think. And that is how

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you can use the sense of smell the sense of smell in your

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stories to add that depth and also hone in a message that

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engages the audience and also increases your influence as a

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leader, as a communicator, and as a storyteller. And in my next

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episode, we are going to tie in touch, how do we bring in touch

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into your stories to add even more depth and richness. I hope

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to see you I can't wait for you to join me again. Until next

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time, I am your sister in speaking in flow. And when

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you're in flow, prosperity, health happiness comes to you

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because you know that's all around you. So continue to

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embark on this journey with me. Take care