You are currently viewing Episode 092: Creating Connection By Telling Your Stories, with Johanna Walker

When you think about talks you have watched or listened to, which ones stick in your mind? Did the speaker tell you a story? It might have been about them, about someone they worked with, something they saw, or they might have used a story to get you to think about how you respond to a situation.

Whether you do public speaking all the time, or you’re summing up the courage to give it a go, storytelling helps you put together a compelling talk. You don’t just want to speak to your audience, you want to deliver a message which resonates with them. And ideally, one that has them keen to find out how they can work with you.

How do you go about doing that? And how do you handle your nerves? Perhaps there is something you want to share but you think you can’t.

My guest on the podcast this week is speaking coach and storytelling expert Johanna Walker. We talk about being an introvert and how that doesn’t stop you from speaking. We also discuss other reasons why you might not be sharing your voice. There is something in here for everyone, even if you don’t think you will ever stand on a stage.

Johanna is a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, she’s presented for corporations, non-profits, start-ups, community organizations, and the TEDx stage, helping audiences develop authentic presence as speakers, find the ideas they want to be known for, and craft those ideas into compelling presentations that attract clients and make bigger impact.

She’s also the founder of Craft Your Talk, a transformational speaker coaching program for emerging speakers, and The Speaker’s Playground, an unconventional training program where entrepreneurs and community leaders become confident and memorable speakers.

We talk about:

  • Being a quiet person
  • The different spaces we inhabit and how we show up in those
  • The power of telling your story
  • Public speaking and whether it’s for you
  • Re-writing stories about fear
  • How to put together a compelling talk


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