Tag Archives: Storytelling

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Why “Killing your Darlings” Is Absolutely Critical in Storytelling (Ep 29)



Would you believe that the subject matter of a great story is almost irrelevant?

What makes a story great and what can RUIN it… is all in the editing! Finding the right details in a story to capture the audience’s attention and relate to the presentation’s topic is much more important than having an action-packed story.

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest reveals the importance of editing and why a great story is not what you leave in but what you take out.

Deirdre discusses: 

  • The number one editing skill you need to develop when writing your speeches and stories
  • Two types of stories every business owner needs to be telling
  • How the Asset Creation Team at Crazy Good Talks helps clients create engaging and strategic business stories
  • Two simple ways to find the details that are distracting and not useful in a story
  • The first steps to take when you start developing your story
  • And more

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19. How To Be More Vulnerable When You Express Yourself – Without Scaring People Away



As a speaker, you’ve probably heard this advice: “Be vulnerable. It will help your audience connect with you.” 

But when does being vulnerable cross into TMI? After all, you want to engage your audience and Own the Room –– not clear it!

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest shares two ways to show vulnerability that builds trust, likeability, and connection with your audience. You will learn how to serve your audience with every story you tell (and avoid sharing too much information!).

Deirdre discusses: 

  • The benefits of showing vulnerability in a professional business setting
  • Top reasons to share your life experiences with your audience
  • What gratuitous vulnerability is (and reasons to avoid it)
  • How to demonstrate vulnerability, connection, and humanity through storytelling
  • And more

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