Author(s): Carmine GalloDownload
Publish: Published February 23rd 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
How did an American immigrant without a college education go from Venice Beach T-shirt vendor to television’s most successful producer? How did a timid pastor’s son surmount a paralysing fear of public speaking to sell out Yankee Stadium, twice? How did the city of Tokyo create a PowerPoint stunning enough to win them the chance to host the Olympics?
They told brilliant stories.
Whether your goal is to sell, educate, fundraise or entertain, your story is your most valuable asset: ‘a strategic tool with irresistible power’, according to the New York Times. Stories inspire; they persuade; they galvanize movements and actuate global change. A well-told story hits you like a punch to the gut; it triggers the light-bulb moment, the ‘aha’ that illuminates the path to innovation. Radical transformation can occur in an instant, with a single sentence; The Storyteller’s Secret teaches you how to craft your most powerful delivery ever.
In his hugely attended Talk Like TED events, bestselling author and communications guru Carmine Gallo found, again and again, that audiences wanted to discover the keys to telling a powerful story. The Storyteller’s Secret unlocks the answer in fifty lessons from visionary leaders – each of whom cites storytelling as a crucial ingredient in success. A good story can spark action and passion; it can revolutionize the way people think and spur them to chase their dreams. Isn’t it time you shared yours?
Some Reviews: 991 ratings 139 reviews in Goodreads.com
This is one of those books I chose to listen to during my commute to teach my communications classes. Gallo is a motivational speaker himself, and I have read his previous book, “How to Talk Like Ted.” Basically he says that we are all more motivated to hear something with plot and struggle intermingled with whatever we are trying to sell, to explain. He gives examples of how the best speakers do it over and over. Passionately interweaving plot throughout, using narrative.
This book is not only full of incredible content it’s really inspiring and motivating. Through the use of storytelling himself, Carmine Gallo brings home the points of good storytelling in an easy to read, interesting narrative.I’d never heard of this book or Carmine Gallo, however, I have this deep desire to coach, conduct workshops & seminars and speak! I now realize I need to tell stories. I need to use the elements of storytelling to share my passion.
Each chapter in Gallo’s book is about how a different person learned to tell a story that made a difference in their business or in their life. He summarizes each situation by telling what tools this person used in telling the story and concludes with this storyteller’s secret. I found the book inspiring and helpful to any reader who wants tips on improving their own storytelling to achieve a purpose. Well-written. Entertaining.
I’ve done other story telling books, but I liked this one. Gallo has a good voice, and his examples weren’t ones I’ve heard often enough to be bored by them. (More experienced listeners have heard these stories before, so there is a difference depending on experience.) I liked how there were simple take-aways to make our own story telling stronger. I may return to this book several times as I refine my own use of story telling.
This book was an excellent look into how to maximize your speaking skills. It taught by example, sharing a multitude of stories, illustrating samples of the different types of speaking, based on what you want to accomplish, your goals for the speech. Definitely worth reading if you do public speaking, but also for anyone, as we are always trying to influence others, and your ability to share relevant stories can help you to achieve your end goals.