Ep 03: Sell with a Story

by | Aug 8, 2017

Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on organizational storytelling. He has worked with Accenture and Procter & Gamble in the past, lending them his expertise on communications. Currently, Paul is a keynote speaker, storytelling coach, and is the best-selling author of the books Lead with a Story, Sell with a Story, and Parenting with a Story.

Paul graced us with his presence to share his expert insights as he dissects the link between great story telling and selling, which he discussed in depth in his best-seller book Sell with a Story. The book deep-dives on the elements of awesome storytelling to capture attention, build trust and closing sale.

“As far as knowing which stories to tell, or how to find those right stories, I always say start with the end in mind. What do you want your audience to think, feel, or do, after hearing your story?”  – Paul Smith


– what you’ll learn –

  • What the term story really means based on its elements.
  • What is a sales story, and the difference between a sales pitch and a sales story.
  • How the story behind a photo of a pig in the ocean compelled him to buy that artwork.
  • The three components that separate a great sales story from the average ones.
  • Choosing the right story to tell through an eight-point checklist in the story structure.
  • The three places to look for stories worth telling.
  • How to effectively tell stories using data and numbers.
  • Learning how to tell stories that can help with selling.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Facts embedded in stories are easier to remember.
  • Effective story-telling influences decision-making.
  • Begin with the end in mind.
  • Tap through moments of success, failure, and epiphany for greater impact.
  • Numbers and data can be interesting stories by sharing the journey to discovery with your audience.
  • Storytelling can be learned with proper guidance, tools, and practice.

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