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Alice in Wonderland is my favourite book

Storytelling is powerful. Here’s an example of why. Alice in Wonderland became my favourite book when I was learning to hear using a cochlear implant. Having lost most of my hearing overnight due to a virus, I became the recipient of the amazing device as part of a research trial.

Retraining the brain to hear again

The first sound I heard with the device was nothing like a normal sound. My brain had to relearn to hear in a different way and to make meaning from this new sound. By listening to the audio version of Alice in Wonderland, whilst initially following along with the written copy, I was able to make sense of the first words I heard with the device.

I tried many audiobooks. Most were either too complex, too fast or the voice of the narrator did not make any sense. For some reason Alice in Wonderland was perfect.

I know the words by heart as I spent so many hours rehabilitating with the implant whilst listening to the talking book over and over.

This week I spoke at a women’s leadership networking event and part of my speech was sharing my story of discovering my voice after losing my hearing.

After I had finished speaking, a lady at the event came up and said that she would like to share a story with me.

She told me about the Australian artist Charles Blackman who painted the Alice series in the late 1950s. The reason why he created the paintings, was because his wife Barbara had progressive blindness and she used to listen to the audiobook of Alice In Wonderland. He painted these bright pictures to give her some colour and images to enjoy while she listened to the book and still had minimal sight.

I loved hearing this story and I was happy that I was able to paint a picture in the mind of this lady so that she was able to relive a part of her life. This is why storytelling is powerful to me.

Storytelling is powerful: Shared stories

One of the wonderful things about storytelling is that other people are inspired to share their stories. This is why storytelling is powerful. When we share a story with the audience, we allow a deep connection and shared empathy to take place. A good sign that you have done a good job as a storyteller is when an audience member comes up to you afterwards to share their story with you. A good storyteller will allow the audience to reflect and think about their own circumstances and lives. That is the ultimate purpose, you are not there to tell the audience your story, you are there to help the audience relive theirs.

One of my favourite quotes from Alice in Wonderland:

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”

As a storytelling expert, known as The Story Midwife, I help leaders to create compelling presentations through business storytelling.

Before becoming a Professional Speaker, I worked for over twenty years as a midwife.

I now live and breathe stories as a speaker, trainer, performer and coach.

As a World Class Speaking & Storytelling Coach, I’ll help you mine, refine and deliver a captivating story for your business or brand. Whether it is the boardroom, podium or stage; I can show you how to develop a persuasive presentation with a compelling story that will be hard to forget by anyone who gets to experience it.

If you would like to find out about training for your team, I’d love to hear from you.  Contact me lisa@speakingsavvy.com.au or call +61 (0)438 902042.