Devin Bisanz, September 21 2019

Inspirational Storytelling Speech Template

Can a 5 year old inspire you? 

That kid cracks me up, and his speech follows the inspirational storytelling formula. After the challenging act of learning to ride a bike the boy says, "I feel happy of myself!" 

Then, the film maker says, "I feel happy of yourself too. Do you have any words of wisdom for us?"

And the kid yells, "YOU have to believe in YOURSELF." 

If you want to inspire someone then follow this formula:

1. Face a Challenge That You Overcame

Inspirational speakers get personal with challenges. The best speakers tell a story about a struggle they had, and they get into the struggle. Some speakers play with verb tense. Speakers shout, "I was in pain. I was suffering. My brain like dirt in the vacuum bag! I was about to give up!!! Correction. I did give up, and there I am sitting in the mud, weeping, sweat running down my arms and dripping off my fingers. The future destroyed." 


Pro tip: the deeper you go into a story the bigger the BUT. The better the crowd will feel. Make an effort to exaggerate feelings and situations. 

 BUT the speaker didn't give up and he or she succeeded, or the speaker did give up and a gift came from God. There are many versions of facing a challenge... BUT then you succeed.

2. Shift from I, to YOU 

Start with the personal story, I, I, and I. Then move the story to you, you, and you. 

You can do it!

Pro tip:   tie a string of 'you' statements together for maximum impact, and say them like you believe them. You can notice a new sensation now. Hopefully, you are feeling happy.  If you are, or, if you feel just okay then you can make yourself feel happier by pretending to smile just for fun. You can do it. You can allow yourself to smile and be happy. 

You are loved. You are safe. You are kind. You can have faith in yourself. You are brave. You make great decisions. It feels good to think these ideas, wouldn't you agree?

3. We

You can bring your speech full circle by getting everybody involved. We, as a community. We, the majority. We, literally everybody in the world, can do anything we put our minds to.

Want to write an inspirational story into your next speech?

A good way to open up an inspirational story is to get right into a story, or ask a thought provoking question. 

For example:
Have you ever volunteered for a charitable cause?
Have you ever had a bad day at work/school?
Has your parent/spouse/grandma ever forced you to try something you didn't want to do? 
Have you ever been in the zone?

Pro tip: pause, make people put their hand up. Prompt people by putting your hand up. 

Have you ever been forced to do something you don't like? Yes? Me too, let me tell you about it. My wife once forced me to go to hypnosis training and I didn't want to go.  I told her no. She said, "Well, the training is happening in Miami, by the beach. Do you want to lay on the beach?"

Obviously I did. I said I would take the introductory course just to put a lid on the vicious nagging. Then, after one minute of hypnosis training I felt so amazing I paid for the 14 day course, t-shirts, DVDs, and everything else they had on the table for sale!

The moral is that you don't know what you don't know. Be open to new opportunity. You can imagine opportunities coming to you as you let your mind drift as you read.

Here is the plug-and-play inspirational story template

Thought provoking question


Personal story ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

You Statements


We _____________________________________________________________________________________

To sum this up

Telling an inspirational story is easy. All you have to do is take a deep breath in through your nose, do it now, with your tongue pushed on the roof of your mouth. Hold that breath, sit nice and straight, chin up, use that breath to flex all your muscles in your back and shoulders. Now push your air out with force. All the way out. Now, breathe back in through your nose, filling your belly with air, put your chin up, sit or lay confidently, shoulders back, hold it.... hold it... now breathe out. Do this one or five more times and notice how this conscious breathing gives your brain courage. You need courage to tell stories that inspire audiences. BUT, I know you can do it!

Have a great and wonderful day,

Devin Bisanz

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Devin Bisanz

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