Storytelling Mastery: Engaging the Senses With Melinda Lee - Speak in Flow

This episode is a storytelling masterclass with Melinda Lee. From captivating your audience with descriptive storytelling to engaging the senses, incorporating visuals, and describing sounds, each insight is a key to crafting narratives that truly Speak in Flow. Whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or a budding wordsmith, this episode will inspire you to elevate your storytelling game.

Captivating Your Audience:

  • Uncover the secrets of using descriptive storytelling to captivate your audience from the very first word.
  • Learn the art of painting vivid pictures with words, creating an immersive experience that lingers in your listeners’ minds.
  • Engaging the Senses:
  • Explore the purpose and power of engaging your audience’s senses in storytelling.
  • Discover actionable tips on appealing to sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell to make your stories truly unforgettable.
  • Make your audience feel like active participants in your narrative.
  • Visual Storytelling:
  • Melinda Lee shares practical insights on seamlessly incorporating visuals into your storytelling.
  • Understand how visual elements enhance the narrative, providing a multi-dimensional experience for your audience.
  • The Symphony of Sounds:
  • Delve into the art of describing various sounds in your stories.
  • Learn how soundscapes can elevate the emotional resonance of your narrative, leaving a lasting impact.

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
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Dear listeners, I'm so glad you're here. Welcome to

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another speak and flow Podcast. Today we're going to talk about

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storytelling. And not just any type of storytelling,

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descriptive storytelling, specifically around sight and

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sound, sight and sound. Cool, right? I know that many of you

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are leaders out there and always getting better improving in your

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speeches, presentations and narrative storytelling is, is

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one of the most powerful, effective tools that you can use

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to engage all the senses, right of your audience's multi sensory

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information, and they just cannot help but be at the edge

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of their seats, listening to what you have to say. Barack

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Obama does so beautifully. Like he includes powerful examples

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and narratives of people that he sees people that he visits and

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gets in touch with and is tells these heartfelt stories. Taylor

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Swift, which I've been listening to and reading about, she's a

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person of the year her music if you listen to it, she includes

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even if you don't like the sound, but if you listen to the

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lyrics, she includes powerful descriptive storytelling,

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similes, metaphors to describe what is happening, describe how

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she's feeling. And so it behoves us as great masterful

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communicators, to master this skill of descriptive

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storytelling. And today, sight and sound will be the focus, I'm

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going to give you some techniques on how to do this

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effectively in your next story. So you can really capture the

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hearts of your listeners. So sight, painting a mental

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picture, in the audience's mind, I think it's fascinating how we

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can actually do that just by saying a word or a couple of

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words, people can automatically it just pops up like they cannot

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help it. Purple Elephant, purple giant purple elephant in the

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room. And now suddenly, you cannot help but see this giant

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purple elephant with a long trunk and a big purple glow in

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there. How cool is that? Right? The zesty bright yellow lemon

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zest the bright yellow lemon are so bright and yellow. Now you

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have a picture of a yellow lemon. And I'm just saying

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words. So that is how you use words to create and paint a

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picture. And to practice getting good at this. We want to be more

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intentional about seeing every little detail in our life. And

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who doesn't want to do that, right. Because we have limited

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time on Earth, we might as well just pay attention to all the

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beautiful details of life, including colour, texture, you

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could describe the location of where you're at. So if you're

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about to describe the location, or where you're at, you can use

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this technique broad to detail. Here's an example. I was sitting

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in a beautiful green picturesque forests with lots of trees. So

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the green trees everywhere around me. And then suddenly, I

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see a little red Ladybug, crawling on the floor, and then

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crawling up to my shoe. So there you go. I went from large broad

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stroke to very small detail. So that is how you can describe

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what you're seeing in the location of where you're at. And

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just by using words, people are getting the visual in their

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head, and they're right there with you. How cool is that?

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Right You're taking them along the journey to where you're at.

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And then include some sound into the story. You can describe your

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sound is auditory, right and so you can play around with the

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different volume. Is that loud or soft? The nuances of the

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sound? Is there a buzzing is there sizzling? You can use

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words that sound like what you're actually hearing buzzing,

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sizzling and don't forget sound can also create a motion right

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so The loud thunderstorm sometimes will create some fear

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in others, or the whimper of the cute dog. All right, there's an

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emotion the whimpering of a cute dog. So even sound can create a

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motion. The rustling of the leaves. As I was sitting in the

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forest, I heard the rustling of the leaves and noticed the

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little red ladybug on my shoe. And so now you're bringing in

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sound into your visual. And now we're including more senses. And

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you're drawing people in to your story. Play around with that,

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use your creativity. This is your time there, we don't often

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get a chance to play around with creativity and describing what

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we're seeing or hearing. I highly encourage you to practice

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telling these stories to your children to to other people, to

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your friends, and just play have fun with it. And if you need

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some additional support you can always come into I have speaking

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sprints, where we go through deliberate practice on

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storytelling focusing on sight sound. And in our next episode,

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we're going to talk about touch and scent and smell, bringing

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even more senses into your story. So today, I hope you

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enjoyed how to use descriptive storytelling in your narratives

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specifically around painting a visual picture in your

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audience's mind. And including what are you hearing the sound

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in your story to include multisensory effect, and that

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will help engage your audience bring them in, build a

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connection, build a meaningful connection between you and your

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audience, and and create a compelling message. I hope you

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enjoyed this episode. Until that's next time I am your

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sister in flow. Speaking in flow may more opportunities and

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prosperity flow to you from within you. Take care