Slippery Stories - Part II
Bill Holm says that: "Real stories are made from experience and imagination; they can’t be pigeonholed into absolute truth. A good story is a slippery matter."
One of the things I am most drawn to when it comes to speaking and performance is the beauty of the interplay between the performer/speaker and the audience. So much is at play in our imaginations, in our memories, in our histories and the shared experience of the moment. It's risk and courage and faith and an acute humanness that - if it is good - changes us somehow.
I wrote about this in a previous post - about what these slippery stories really look like as we bring ourselves out into the world. Our memories make them slippery, and sometimes we intentionally make them slippery so that we can get the right meaning across.
But what's so cool is how these ideas on story have been echoed in the This Moved Me podcast...
With Rita, who so eloquently talked about the importance and value of "story truth."
And Erin, who understands so beautifully the importance of grounding our evidence and logic in an emotional reality.
And this week you'll hear from Scott Voss, a teacher and speaking coach who uses stories to empower and inspire his students and his speakers. He is awesome, and I can't wait for you to hear his insight and gentle challenge.
They all understand that though some presentation advice comes in the form of a Top 10 list - the best advice - like a good story - is somewhat slippery. It depends, it's intuitive. It's created from imagination and experience. There are very few absolute truths that rule every situation. Speaking, and stories, are an exercise in showing our humanness–leaning into the shared human experience. THAT is slippery. And it's important.
Thanks so much for all the support and love as This Moved Me continues to make its way out into the world! If you haven't yet had a chance to SUBSCRIBE, RATE and REVIEW the podcast over on iTunes, I would so appreciate it! It makes a huge difference in helping to find an audience for these wonderful conversations.
AND - if you have any ideas on folks I should interview, let me know! Any ideas on how I could improve? Or a topic that interests you? Am I emailing too much? Not enough (ha)? I love to hear from you! Truly.