Have you ever had a strong intuitive gut feeling about something and ignored it? And later you where sorry?
Here's a funny video about missing my flight in New Zealand because I did not listen to my intuition. I was with my brother, Mike :-) It was all his fault. LOL
This video was recorded at Boulder Story Slam. The theme for the Story Slam was BAGS. The objective is to create a 5/6-minute true story, told by heart. You put your name in the hat if your name gets pulled, you get to tell your story.
I was the last storyteller of the night. Johana is one of the founders of STORY SLAM. She shared her story before me about going through airport security and how they pulled her bag aside because they found a glass dildo in her bag. Yes, a glass dildo. It was a hilarious story and brave of her to share.
I didn't know if I was going to have my name pulled out of the hat. But, I knew if I did, I would incorporate Johana's glass dildo into my story. WHY? Because in comedy, there's a technique for creating a big laugh. It's the CALLBACK! This means if you incorporate something previously said or done that got a laugh and you can make it fit into your story, it's a guaranteed big laugh.
When they pulled my name I was excited and nervous to share my story. There were about 100 people in the audience, the bright lights where in my eyes. My heart was beating faster, and I had to take 3 deep breathes before starting.
The biggest laugh in my story was the callback! People even clapped. You know it's funny when people first laugh and then clap.
I love being able to tell a personal story that has one clear message and making the audience laugh. Storytelling is an art and science. It's taken me years to learn how to craft a story that takes the audience on a roller coaster ride. Story structure is vital, and knowing how to uncover the humor is a learnable skill. I'd love to teach you how.
Join Mike and me in Coast Rica next year, and I'll teach you storytelling and comedy at Train The Trainer. It's one of the most exciting workshops we do and BEST OF ALL you will become a certified Infinite Possibilities trainer. Click here to learn more
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