PSASA KZN Chapter meeting 20/10/2020

To say last night’s meeting was absolutely mind blowing would be an understatement, we were graced with the presence of the amazing Dr Alex Granger. Dr Alex is considered one of the top leadership, personal mastery, and high performance speakers in AFRICA! And last night he definitely showed us why as he spoke to us about mastering the art of “storytelling” as a speaker.

Key takeaways from Dr Alex Grangers talk include:

Storytelling is what sets him apart from other speakers, he does this not only in speaking but in his latest book he makes sure to start every chapter with a short story to engage his readers. Growing up watching local telenovelas and soapies is where he fell in love with storytelling. He is still a big fan of these telenovelas today, some of his favourites include: (the legacy, Gomora, The River, Sibiya and the Queen). All of these shows keep you wanting to watch more and staying tuned for the next episode, what if we could do this as speakers?

There are five techniques which are used by speakers to tell stories:

  1. Monomyth:

This technique is also known as “The hero’s journey”. A hero leaves his home and all that he comfortable with, and goes out to the unknown to conquer something that will help those he left behind. E.g.: Simba in “The Lion king”

As a speaker this technique can help you bring your message alive.

Benefits of this technique are:

  • It takes your audience on a journey
  • This shows the audience the benefits of taking risks
  • Demonstrating how you learned some new found wisdom
  1. Sparkline’s:

This technique is brilliant for mapping presentations because it compares what is, to what could be. So as a speaker you become a visionary and show people how today reality changes tomorrow.

The benefits of this technique are:

  • Inspiring the audience into action
  • Creating hope and excitement
  • Creating a bigger following
  1. In medias res:

This is when speakers start their stories in the middle, and they get to the point immediately. This is a good technique because this keeps audiences engaged to whatever you have to say immediately. This only works for short presentations though, E.G Ted talks.

The benefits of this technique are:

  • Grabbing the attention of your audience from the start
  • Keeping the audience craving a resolution
  • Focusing all the attention on a pivotal moment in your story.
  1. Petal structure:

This is when storytellers tell different stories which all come back to one point, and one bigger story.

The benefits of this technique are:

  • Demonstrating how the strands of a story or a process are interconnected.
  • Showing how several scenarios relate back to one idea.
  • Letting multiple speakers talk around a central theme.
  1. Data structure:

The ability to make sense of large volumes of data, hence a high demand of data scientists.

The benefits of this technique are:

  • Narrative (what are the reasons behind the stats)
  • Visuals (Helps crunch the numbers easier, E.g. graphs)
  • Data (soul of data story)

In conclusion, a story should build trust and it’s important to know that everyone is different. Each story needs to have a conflict, a hero and a solution but most importantly a story needs to be kept simple.

To engage further with Dr Alex Granger head over to his socials:

alex@alex.granger.com (email)

Dr Alex Granger thinks shifter: YouTube