Speak with a personal touch

One of the best ways to grab audience attention is to tell a personal story. Here’s a list to help you remember real-life events to add to your next speech:

  • What happened on your first date? Your first day on the job? Your first job interview?
  • What’s the strangest thing that ever happened during a business meeting? At a restaurant? During vacation? In a dream?
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?
  • What’s the saddest thing that ever happened to a friend?
  • What made you the most embarrassed—or angry?
  • What was the most inappropriate letter—or gift—you ever received?
  • What events are funny to you now but weren’t when they happened?
  • What sticks in your mind when you think of various people and events in your life: Your relatives? Your high school or college dances, teachers and classes? Stories your parents told? Learning how to drive?

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