The Speaker’s Quick Guide
to Telling Better Stories
“Tell a story, make a point.” That’s the advice often given to speakers. But how do you tell a story well enough to make your points clear and memorable? How do you use stories to forge a connection with your audience? What are the storytelling tools that the world’s best speakers use?
These are some of the questions David Otey answers in this practical, accessible book. In it, you will learn what Grand Bargain every speaker must make with the audience, and how to uphold your end of it. You will learn the three key objectives every story should achieve, and how to accomplish them using your newfound tools for story construction and delivery. You’ll learn the right amount of description to include, and—most important—what to leave out to give your stories more impact. You’ll even pick up techniques for revealing the humor lurking in your stories, because an audience that laughs is an audience that learns.
Who is David P. Otey?
Since 2011, speaker, coach, trainer, and author David P. Otey has helped thousands of people from coast to coast in their quest for personal and professional growth. Before that, he worked in broadcast engineering for companies in Texas, Colorado, California, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
He is a contributing author to the book World Class Speaking in Action (2015) as well as to the NAB Engineering Handbook, Tenth Edition (2007), and various periodicals. A native of Port Arthur, Texas, he currently resides in Montana with his wife and two cats.