Guidelines for Speakers
“It has been said that next to hunger and thirst,
our most basic human need is for storytelling.”
Stories are the lifeblood of humanity! They give meaning to our experiences, The tales we tell are an avenue for recreating our past and enlivening our future. They allow us to see ourselves as an actor in our own lives; and they make us laugh and cry.
“Inside each of us is a natural born storyteller just waiting to be released.”
– Robin Moore
LifePlay House invites anyone who has successfully moved through one or more life-altering experiences (either positive or negative) to tell their story as an inspiration for our audiences. Our audiences consist of individuals of all ages who are currently experiencing life-altering events. You do not need to be an experienced speaker to apply
If you have a compelling story, and are an inexperienced speaker, following are guidelines that may be supportive:
- Start with the script. Tell your personal story with honesty and vulnerability. Be sure it has a main point (what the audience wants to know). Give your story a beginning, middle and end. Augment it with helpful visuals and audios.
- Content of Talk. Talks that honestly and candidly tell personal stories about real events and their positive effect on the speaker’s life are welcomed.
- Keep it conversational. Let the audience feel you are chatting with them over lunch. Provide opportunities for them to respond.
- Make Your Story Relatable to the Audience. For example, relate the outcome of your story to similar experiences the audience or friends of yours may have had. NOTE: Be sure to emphasize how one or more Creative Principles taught by LifePlay House became visible during your experience. Click here to see our Creative Principles.
- Employ Intentional Play techniques. Audience participation inspires LifePlay House students because it engages them in the story.
- Visual and Audio Aids Matter. Use slides, video clips, audio clips to reinforce your points. Keep them simple so the audience can quickly grasp their relevance while still listening to you.
- Rehearse Out Loud. Just like a talk-show host, it’s your job to stay on topic and on time, and the only way to do that is to practice and stick to your script. Even though it’s your personal story and you know it well, it’s essential to practice so you can easily operate the audio-visuals and handle audience feedback without getting off track.
- Arrive early. Examine the layout of the room, set up your equipment, and test it to be sure it works smoothly.