Public Speaking Dreams: Be A Better Story Teller

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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confessions of a public speaker

I have two dreams, one is to be a published author and the other is being a great public speaker and be invited to speak at TED. Scott Berkun is a living example of my dream.

Who is Scott Berkun?

He is the best selling author of Confessions of a Public Speaker, The Myths of Innovation, and Making Things Happen.

In this video he is discussing how to speak at an Ignite event, but his advice works great for writing blog posts as well as speaking anywhere.

What is Ignite?

Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. Ignite events happen everywhere, so their may be one going on in your town, or you can be the creator of one.

We are lucky living here in Sonoma County since O’Reilly is located here, and Ignite events happen in Sebastopol and Petaluma on a regular basis.

But back to Scott Berkun, in this video he gives the following advice –

1. Storytelling is everything.
2. Tell what you love, what gets you excited, what gets you up in the morning.
3. Tell what you hate, what you would remove from the world. If you flip what you hate (look for the opposite), you will find something you love.
4. Tell what you are good at, what you have experience in – you have great insight her and you can share it, which makes for a powerful story.
5. Keep it tight and to the point.

His advice can be used for writing for the public too. Bloggers often forget to write with the reader in mind and these rules can help make you a better writer.

You can connect with Scot B @ his blog @ his website –

What are your stories? How do you share them?

Keep on dreaming –



  • Rod

    When do we see you in a video?

  • I really like your post. Does it copyright protected?

  • Alyse

    I not only value and respect you for what you have taken on for 8 Women, I literally bow down to your efforts, teaching and the success it is creating.

    Without you there would be 3 of us, sometimes sending email, maybe a blog post once a week.

    I find all the blogosphere info. you are giving us very useful and important and majorly valuable.

    You go find it, learn it and distill it for us. This is the essence of excellent teaching.