How To Tell a Compelling Story – by the MASTERS!

1995-toy-story-191-780-86-eeaaf52b-sz480x480Okay – this one is NOT just for motivational speakers, writers and bloggers. It's for EVERYONE who is trying to make a meaningful connection with someone else and understands the power of stories to do just that!  Read this list of Pixar's 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling and see how many you apply when you are weaving together your stories. Remember, this is from PIXAR! The people who brought you all the Toy Story series, Finding Nemo and Up!

One of my favorite rules is actually a formula:  It goes like this:

One upon a time there was _____. Every day, ______. One day ______. Because of that, ______, Because of that, ________. Until finally _______.

Brilliant, I say.




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Great resource for this motivational speaker! Thanks for providing some info to help me tell a better story.

  2. Once upon a time there was __a funny fabulous motivational speaker named Linda Larsen___. Every day, __She sprinkled our lives with great ideas and positivity____. One day __she shared a wonderful tool on how to become an even better storyteller____. Because of that, __every one of the people she interacted with felt happy and grateful____, Because of that, ___those people went out and did something nice for someone else_____. Until finally ____the whole world was a happier more helpful place!!! ___.

  3. Oh my gosh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!! I am going to print it and post it on my wall. Yes! Brilliant! You know this storyteller would love this!

  4. I just love this funny motivational speaker blog site soooo much!  It's the most valuable place for enriching each other's lives.  Thank you, Linda for this awesome storytelling checklist!

  5. Linda – how did you find this? It's GREAT! THANK YOU!   I also love everyone's comments especially the brillian Tami Evans!!!  Love this – I especially like: #5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.


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