Unlocking the Power of Storytelling with Melinda Lee - Speak in Flow

Join us in this captivating episode of Speak In Flow as we delve into the art and science of storytelling with the remarkable Melinda Lee. As a seasoned storyteller and leadership expert, Melinda shares invaluable insights into harnessing the power of storytelling to enhance credibility, foster connections, and amplify influence.

Key Points Discussed:

1. **Harnessing the Power of Storytelling**: Melinda Lee enlightens us on the transformative potential of storytelling in leadership. Learn how to leverage storytelling to build trust, establish rapport, and inspire action.

2. Multi-Sensory Details:

Explore the significance of incorporating multi-sensory details into your stories. Discover how engaging multiple senses can captivate your audience and make your narrative more vivid and compelling.

3. Effective Storytelling Techniques:

Melinda shares practical tips and techniques for crafting and delivering impactful stories. Uncover the secrets to becoming a memorable leader through the art of storytelling.

Embrace storytelling as a powerful tool for communication and influence.

Pay attention to multi-sensory details to create immersive and memorable narratives.

Hone your storytelling skills to captivate your audience and leave a lasting impression as a leader.

Conclusion:

Join us in this enlightening conversation with Melinda Lee as we explore the transformative impact of storytelling in leadership. Tune in to discover how you can harness the power of storytelling to inspire, connect, and lead with authenticity.

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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Do you want to be an influential leader? A leader

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that makes a lasting impact? A leader that delivers

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presentations with flow with ease, and with memorability? If

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you do, then you need to include stories. I encourage you to

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build your skill of telling stories that matters, story

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stories or your experiences. Yes, your presentations do need

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to include facts, they need to include visuals. Don't forget to

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layer in stories. When I say this to leaders, sometimes they

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will often tell me Well, I don't want to include fluff. In my

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presentation. story seems like I'm beating the bush, and I'm

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just including fluff. That's some resistance there. That is a

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way of repelling and not trying to build this powerful skill. If

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you listen to every orator, powerful, great orator they are

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including visuals, stories, details that tug at us details

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that bring a multi sensory effect. And in a couple of

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episodes back, I did a series a whole series on how to include

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visuals, sound, smell, and touch within your stories. Then it

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brings out your your lesson, it brings out what you've learned.

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And it also connects you to the audience because you're sharing

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a meaningful experience. And then you could tie it to a

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lesson, tie it to a new perspective that you want them

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to see. So I encourage you to go back and revisit those episodes.

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But the reason why I'm saying this because I want us to be

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that leader. If you're the leader that commands in your

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presentations, you give only the facts, and you tell people what

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to do, then so be it is that the leader you want to be it could

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be a time and place for that type of style and approach. So

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it behoves you to understand that the type, the time and

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approach that I need as a leader right now, back, go forth and do

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or for the most part, we don't, we don't have to be that way.

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For the most part. Most of our timelines and sense of urgency

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requires that we inspire our audience and motivate them, we

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stir something up inside of them, so that they go forth and

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conquer and move without you needing to demand anything.

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Which means you include experiences and stories, because

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it allows you to connect with the audience. Including the

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details and multisensory effective. I mean, you have to

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go overboard does not mean that you have to include a lot of

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fluff, it just could be very simple. Including the sense the

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aspect of sight, a visual within your story, you can set up your

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story at the beginning with a powerful visual to bring people

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in. And to do a visual you go from large to small, right?

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There I am sitting in this gymnasium, right gymnasium, high

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ceilings. There's basketball hoops on either side of the

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court. And I'm in the bleachers amongst a large crowd, hundreds

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of people. So in your visual, you can go from large to small.

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I smell sneakers and sweat in the air from the running back

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and forth of the players. There's a sense of smell using

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smell including smell. What am I smelling? My nephew, fourth

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grade nephew is at the free throw line. They had been

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playing and it has been a intense game. They're a double

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OT. Like they are tied. And they went into overtime twice. And my

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nephew gets fouled. So he's at the free throw line. If he makes

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these shots, we win. He wins. It's the championship game. He

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grabs the ball, the tacky, smooth basketball, I can feel

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the reverb, I can feel the bounce between his fingers. So

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including the sense of touch, when you could touch you think

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about texture. You could think about the shape or the time

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pitcher, like including, I include texture, the shape, and

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the temperature and temperature I didn't include in the

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basketball but you can feel the round, smooth, tacky basketball.

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So those are the aspects of touch. And then finally he goes

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to shoot the ball. And he misses the loud sigh from our audience

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of disappointment of fear. A huge sigh rumbles in the

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audience. That's a set of sound, including sound. Just describe

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the sound is it a worrying? Is that a thigh? Is it a thunder

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loud thunderstorm, rumbling so using and you can look up online

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sound, how to describe sound, how to describe touch, how to

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describe a visual, so just get creative, but it doesn't have to

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be overcomplicated. So my nephew misses that first shot. This is

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his moment. He looks focused, he doesn't look bothered, he

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doesn't even look nervous. He dribbles the ball, he shoots the

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second one. And he makes it. So the crowd goes wild, everybody

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stands up and screams. And people run out to the court, the

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team members run out to the court, they give him a high five

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and they hug him he's a hero of the day they win the

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championship with that one point. It was amazing. He was so

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focused, so present and just like what we want to be and who

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we want to be in our talks in our presentation, we want to

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stay focused, regardless of what is happening around us. The

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pressure does fear. He just looked really calm. And he

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looked like he was present in the moment. And that's the

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opportunity that you can have when you're delivering your

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presentations, calm, present, focus connected to your

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audience, he was connected to that ball and that hoop. There's

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that ball was going into the hoop. So I want you to remember,

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when you go out to deliver your presentation, you are connected

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to the audience, there's nothing else around you. And you're

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focused on problem solving, you're focused on what can you

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do to serve your audience? What can you do to connect to the

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audience? Keep asking yourself that question. And that is what

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you want to do shine a light on connections shine a light on

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speaking and flow and not thinking about every single

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word. It's more important that you connect more important that

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you're focused on present with them. That is what matters. That

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is what inspires telling your stories from the heart telling

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your experiences and using them to share what you learned.

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Right? That is actually the power of story. It's not because

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Oh, it's another tactic or it's another strategy. I mean, that's

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what we've done for for decades and, and aeons that's how we

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pass our experiences and our lessons. That's what we do as

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humans. So continue to do that continue to pass on your

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experiences and your stories that are matter that are sacred.

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This Was Your Life. So why not share your stories in an

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impactful way that engages your audience connects you to them,

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builds your trust builds your credibility, and again, helps

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you make a lasting impression helps you be memorable. be

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memorable as a leader be memorised be as a speaker. That

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is where we're going. That's the journey that we're on. If you're

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on board continue to just reach out to me continue to listen to

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these episodes. Until I see you on the other side. I'm your

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sister in flow. Take care