Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Story Theatre

Walking into a hotel conference room, a veteran professional speaker is sitting a little too high on his own intellectual horse.

Like all that - and a bag of chips.

Ten years in the business, earning a living as a full-time speaker with thousands of rave reviews can do that to a guy. But, something from an e-mail promo is telling him there is something to be learned about his chosen profession. From someone else who does it for a living.

So the speaker jumps into his car one day and travels three hours to join about 30 of his peers, to listen to what yet another so-called expert has to say. At first glance, Doug doesn't wow many people with his physical appearance.

Skinny guy. Funny looking glasses. Hair a little on the wild side.

Brad Pitt he is not.

Brimming with confidence as Doug's seminar begins, the speaker, takes his seat and slowly slips under a tidal wave of humility. The insight from the American presenter begins to wash over the room in Poseidon-like fashion. Within an hour, the speaker turned student, feels like he is drowning; starting to question whether he really knows his craft as well as he thinks he does.

It is eight months later.

And a humbled Canadian is still grateful for the lessons he has learned and keeps learning from a dude named Doug, who many in the world of professional speaking refer to as a "genius".

Maybe not at the Einstein or Edison level.

To the best of anyone's knowledge, Doug has yet to split an atom or solve global warming but he has come up with a winning formula to help anyone turn a nag of an otherwise ho-hum presentation into a thoroughbred worthy of Triple Crown contention.

Ladies and Gentlemen ... TSB is honored to present on centre stage, the author of "Story Theatre Method", based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado ...

The incomparable, Doug Stevenson.

Thanks to the "Nine Steps of Story Structure" and application of "Story Theatre Method", Doug can show anyone how to make speaking magic with nothing more than a microphone. His approach turns the most mundane of subjects into captivating tales that persaude and inspire.

Without props, gimmicks or powerpoint.

Just a compelling story and a way to present it.

If you need to deliver presentations as part of what you do for a living, why not study from one of the very best in the business.

You - and your audience - will be grateful you did.

"Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood" WILLIAM PENN



Mike Shanks PSP said...

Your win was my win.

When you discovered story theatre it became your goal to ensure it was passed on in true maven fashion.

Thanks for discovering this. Thanks for sharing.

Carl said...

Gaer: When Susan and I met you for the first time at an "Eagle Summit" in St Andrews by the Sea, I knew that you were quite a special person, but I want to thank you for the exceptional quality of the posts I have enjoyed on this site ever since. You have set the bar very high for others to emulate, and I for one, am inspired to become a more effective and giving person because of it. Merry Christmas to you, and all of your "Canadian Posse". Carl Fischer

Shanrock said...

Somehow, I must have missed this last month Gair!
Wow what a treat to experience Doug and his engaging speaking methods again. Nice find on the video!
It was almost like we were there again - right in the room with him. I rarely watch a full video but this man is amazing in the way he seems to speak and engage the crowd with so little effort.
Thank you for insisting I attend and for your endless support and guidance in helping me to transfer these skills into my repertoire. It makes it so much easier to stand up in front of a group when they are implemented.