Monday, January 15, 2018

Savvy Speaker Points us in the Right Direction

Lisa Evan's book 'Speaking Savvy' is a terrific practical guide on how to develop your skills at writing and then telling a compelling story. It teaches you through a simple and clever approach, easy to follow, this book has a great foundational strategy, methods and processes to get you started and to help you improve your storytelling.
But it is much more,  what I really liked about the book was the series of short stories weaved in between all the practical, real-world advise.

True to her word, Lisa Evans tells a good story, in fact so good she had me in tears and she made me laugh. I don’t want to be a spoiler but as Lisa says, every story has to have emotion and Lisa certainly touches your emotions.

I found the various sections informative, practical and I loved all the useful props, visuals aids and checklists.
Lisa makes some poignant notes about the use of power point and committing to the audience to provide value as opposed to hiding behind lecterns and tools.

She makes you realise that you have to do the work and make the commitment if you want to be good at your craft. I loved the phrase ‘learning to play your human voice’. Like all good musicians, this means to practice and Lisa clearly practices what she is communicating.     

I think anyone who wants to improve their storytelling, be that writing, speaking or both this book is a must – readers will gain much from taking the time to both read and implement Lisa’s suggestions.


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