The Power of Stories

For many years I have stressed the impact of stories in presentations and conversations in my training and coaching sessions.  Colin Firth in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal  talked about his role as a stutterer in the excellent movie, "The King’s Speech." Firth said, "The reason why people tell stories  and read stories and see films is to feel less alone." 

People relate to stories because of the human element.  We identify with stories because of the emotional impact a story often delivers as is the case in this movie based on a true story about King George VI of England.  We are comforted by the story because we too have had challenging or difficult or even humorous events in life. 

So as you prepare speeches, remember: stories have impact.

Steve Boyd
Steve Boyd
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, near Cincinnati. Steve won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in 1970 and was chosen Outstanding Professor of the Year at NKU in 1984, among other awards and honors. Since retiring, he volunteers with nonprofits, spends time with family, travels, preaches occasionally, and enjoys reading and writing. Contact Steve at (859) 866-5693 or at

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