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The Power of Story and Science
David P. Otey
Discover the power of story to engage with your listeners so real information transfer is possible.
6 days ago
Ed Tate: Focus and Prepare
Focus on what your audience needs. Rehearse your “planned spontaneity.” And watch all your videos four different ways! These tips and others helped former technology executive Ed Tate win the World Championship of Public Speaking. But more than that, by using these and other tips, Ed has helped many speakers achieve confidence and better results. Listen in on my conversation with Ed Tate. To learn more about Ed Tate, visit https://edtate.com/. To learn more about program host David Otey, visit https://davidotey.com/.
Apr 21, 2021
Bill Williams: "I'm all about context"
Science is about uncovering mysteries. And today’s guest gets that. He’s a scientist and a journal editor who says that sometimes, that mystery comes through—even in scientific writing. Join me as I have a conversation with Bill Williams, a pharmaceutical scientist with a background in both industry and academia. You’ll be surprised at what a former student says is the most important thing he learned. Contact Bill Williams using email@example.com or go to https://pharmacy.utexas.edu/. To learn more about podcast host David P. Otey, please visit https://davidotey.com/meet-david/.
Apr 7, 2021
Stacey Tannenbaum: Your Authentic Self
This is the episode that proves scientists are not all introverts! Dr. Stacey Tannenbaum is a Senior Director of Pharmacometrics. (I’ll let her explain what that means.) What our conversation means for you is a fresh way of looking at how to make even the most esoteric science interesting. Graphic novels? Lobster hats? It’s all here! And it’s all part of being your authentic self. Connect with Stacey by going to https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacey-tannenbaum-4296a6/. If you send a connection request, be sure to reference hearing her on this program. To learn more about the International Society of Pharmacometrics, which she co-founded, visit http://go-isop.org/. To connect with program host David P. Otey and to pick up a free resource that will help you avoid common mistakes as a technical presenter, visit his site at https://davidotey.com/.
Mar 24, 2021
Craig Valentine: Conflict, Cure, and Change
In this episode, you will hear a conversation with one of the best storytellers on the planet. That’s not hyperbole. Craig Valentine won the World Championship of Public Speaking on the strength of his storytelling skills. Why does that matter to you? Because stories are your best tool for connecting your information with your audience’s imagination. And Craig is about to show you how to do just that. For more of Craig’s storytelling wisdom, visit http://52speakingtips.com/.
Mar 10, 2021
Andrew Cooper: Passion and Enthusiasm
Can you speak on saving energy and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions with passion and enthusiasm? Andrew Cooper is known for doing just that. In this episode, you will hear how this engineer-turned-energy-specialist has used his communication skills to change the culture of his organization and the people who are part of it. And who knows? You might even learn how to save some money on your energy bill. Find Andrew Cooper on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewcooperenergy/.
Feb 24, 2021
What Does Your Audience Need?
This episode draws its content from Chapter Two of the soon-to-be-released third volume in the “Speaker’s Quick Guide” series of books by podcast host David P. Otey. The book is titled The Speaker’s Quick Guide to Presenting with Confidence: Overcome Self-doubt and Embrace the Power of your Message. It will be released this spring. Today we explore the question, “How can I be more audience-focused?” Information on the release of the book, along with other books in the series, can be found by visiting https://davidotey.com/public-speaking-books/. This episode is sponsored by the online course “Own the Virtual Stage: Confidently Connect with an Unseen Audience.” More information is at https://www.ownthevirtualstage.com/.
Feb 10, 2021
Anthony Poponi: Meeting a Need
When Anthony Poponi was a scientist working on wastewater, flow meant one thing. Now that he speaks on the science of positive psychology, flow means something entirely different. In this episode, you will hear Anthony explain how doing scientific research led him to realize that what he truly enjoyed was something quite different. And that might be true for you as well. Reach Anthony by going to https://anthonypoponi.com/.
Jan 27, 2021
Carol Otey, Ph.D.: Making Stories Memorable
When your topic is talking about science and your sister is a scientist, having her on the show is not nepotism; it’s a logical next step. In this episode, you’ll hear from cell biologist Carol Otey, Ph.D., as she talks about the story of her discovery of a new protein, and about the important role stories have played in her teaching. With characters as diverse and memorable as Blanche, Stella, and Kaiser Wilhelm, Dr. Otey’s classroom stories have helped educate a generation of physicians and pharmacists. Find out why! If your curiosity is piqued, reach out to Dr. Otey at Carol_Otey@med.unc.edu.
Jan 13, 2021
Rebecca Murray: It's a playground, not a prison!
In this episode, you will hear a conversation with author, speaker, and entertainer Rebecca Murray. If you’re a scientist, do you ever think of yourself as an artist? Rebecca does. And she’s here to offer you five creative techniques you can use to engage your audience when you give a presentation—whether you give it in person or in a little box on a screen. Engage with Rebecca by visiting https://rebeccapmurray.com/.
Dec 30, 2020
Mark Brown: We Bring Ourselves
In this episode, you will hear a conversation with Mark Brown, the 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking. You will hear about Mark’s unlikely path into a professional speaking career. Most important, you will hear what you can do in your presentations—no matter how technical the topic—to help your audience remember your points even years later. Learn more about Mark by visiting https://markbrownspeaks.com/. Find his podcast (with previous guest Darren LaCroix), “Unforgettable Presentations,” wherever you get your podcasts.
Dec 16, 2020
Randy Olson: And, But, Therefore
This episode is a lively conversation with scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson, who is widely credited with popularizing a simple, yet powerful, narrative structure based on three simple words. You will hear how Randy discovered this tool, why it is so powerful, how you can use it, and what a difference it can make in communicating about your work. Randy’s latest book, “The Narrative Gym: Introducing the ABT Framework for Messaging and Communication” is available from Amazon and other retailers.
Dec 2, 2020
Michael Davis: Speak to Elicit Emotion
In this episode, you will hear from my colleague and fellow speaking coach Michael Davis. You’ll learn the reason why speakers tell stories. You’ll pick up on what makes a story—why it’s not just a collection of events. And why stories are the key to engaging your listeners in a way that you simply can’t do with data and evidence. To get Michael’s free series of storytelling tips, go to http://52storytellingtips.com. To engage with program host David Otey, visit https://davidotey.com/.
Nov 20, 2020
Who am I to speak?
This episode draws its content from Chapter One of the soon-to-be-released third volume in the “Speaker’s Quick Guide” series of books by podcast host David P. Otey. That book is titled The Speaker’s Quick Guide to Presenting with Confidence: Overcome Self-doubt and Embrace the Power of your Message. It is expected out in early 2021. Today we explore the question, “Who am I to speak?” This episode is sponsored by the online course "Own the Virtual Stage: Confidently Connect with an Unseen Audience." More information is at https://www.ownthevirtualstage.com/.
Nov 5, 2020
Darren LaCroix: Get the Book!
In this episode, you will get to meet one of my speaking mentors, Darren LaCroix. Apart from being the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking, Darren is an inspiration to me because he continues to hone his craft and to help other speakers do the same. If he can become a comedian without a funny bone in his body, you can be an effective speaker—even if you’re an introvert! Here are three ways to continue learning from Darren: Listen to the “Unforgettable Presentations” podcast with Mark Brown at https://www.unforgettablepresentationspodcast.com/ Go to https://www.beasponge.com/ for immediate Speaking Mistakes downloads and weekly insights. Or, if you’re serious about improving as a presenter, visit https://stagetimeuniversity.com/
Oct 21, 2020
Patricia Fripp: It's Clarity, NOT Dumbing-Down!
In this episode, you will hear a conversation I had with Patricia Fripp, a superstar in the world of professional speakers and speaking coaches. Fripp is known for her focus on precise language and for her coaching of executives and sales professionals. Here her focus is on her work helping scientists and engineers tell their stories. You can find free resources to help you with your presentations, along with other ways to engage with Fripp, by visiting https://www.fripp.com/.
Oct 7, 2020
Keith Bailey on Unintentional Audience Abuse
This episode is the continuation of a two-part conversation with master storyteller and coach Keith Bailey. If you have not already listened to “Keith Bailey and the Bottomless Story Well,” I urge you to find that episode and listen to how he drew out of me a story I had never told before that moment. As we continue, you will hear the conversation shift more toward the science of how we perceive stories and why they are an important tool for anyone with quantitative information to share. Keith mentions the late Professor Patrick Winston, longtime director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and his work on how we perceive and respond to stories. You can read Keith’s full blog post (which links to Prof. Winston’s video) here. You can reach Keith by email using keithbailey (at) stage-coaching.com, or visit his website at https://www.articulated-intelligence.com/.
Sep 23, 2020
Keith Bailey and the Bottomless Story Well
This episode is the first of a two-part interview with Keith Bailey, former fitness coach and master salesperson turned speaking coach for business. Learn about the techniques Keith uses to help business speakers develop their stories. (Scientists can use it, too!) Hear him use it to draw a new story from me, unrehearsed. You can reach Keith by email using keithbailey (at) stage-coaching.com, or visit his website at https://www.articulated-intelligence.com/. You can also visit host David P. Otey at https://davidotey.com.
Sep 9, 2020
Q and A: Purpose, Story and Scientific Rigor
Today you’re going to hear a Q and A episode in which I answer some of the questions I have been asked about topics that come up in my workshops, most notably the one titled “The A.R.T. of Connecting.” In my answers, you will gain deeper insights into storytelling, scientific rigor, and the development and use of specific purpose as a content filter. In this episode, David makes reference to his book, The Speaker's Quick Guide to Telling Better Stories, which can be found here.
Jul 29, 2020
Conversation with Rich Hopkins, the "Win Anyway" Speaker
Join a fascinating conversation with internationally-renowned speaker Rich Hopkins. Rich understands the universality of story, even as that universality unfolds in the particulars of the events a specific character lives out. And is Rich ever a character! Prepare to be moved by the story of how he learned to give something up—and win anyway.
Jul 15, 2020
Meet a Storytelling Scientist: Ray Mohr
In this episode, you’ll hear a conversation with scientist and storyteller Ray Mohr. You’ll hear how Ray has used story to convey challenging scientific ideas to a wide range of audiences, both technical and non-technical. And not only that, but he also understands the entertainment and cultural value of storytelling. And the relationship between telling a story and advancing science. To contact Ray and find out more about his storytelling, email him using raymondemohr (at) gmail.com.
Jul 1, 2020
Maureen Zappala: Impostor Syndrome and Your Story
In this episode, you’ll hear a conversation with former NASA engineer Maureen Zappala. Now a professional speaker, Maureen learned to overcome her own impostor syndrome and now teaches other high performers how to do the same thing. Hear what Maureen has to say about the power of story as a communication tool even in the most technical settings. To learn more about Maureen, visit https://maureenz.com/.
Jun 18, 2020
The Nuts and Bolts of Story: What It Does, What You Do
In this episode, you’ll get into the nuts and bolts of story as a rhetorical device. First, the practical elements of what purposes a story should accomplish for you as a speaker, and, second, a couple of easy-to-use formulas that will help you with the question of how to put together a story that achieves those objectives.
Jun 3, 2020
Connection before Content: Why and How
In this episode, we return to science—in particular, the psychology of first impressions and the neuroscience behind how we make decisions. You will come away understanding even more about the importance of using story to connect with your audience, even in a technical presentation. And you will pick up a tool for uncovering the story behind your information.
May 13, 2020
The Virtual Reality: How to Compete with Real Distractions
In this bonus episode of “The Power of Story and Science,” host David P. Otey takes a short break from the general topic of connecting with one’s audience through story, and instead looks at the immediate challenge many presenters are facing: how to be effective in the virtual world. You will pick up eight tips on what to look at in your physical world before going virtual, three considerations for your virtual tools, and one key aspect of adapting your content. In the next episode, David will return his focus to story as a primary means of facilitating information transfer.
May 11, 2020
Where to begin: Our purpose (and yours)
In a program titled "The Power of Story and Science," you would expect there to be some science behind the storytelling. And there is! Host David P. Otey lays the groundwork for this new podcast by describing the role oxytocin plays in prompting the audience to feel empathy for you, the speaker. He also describes the importance of having a Specific Purpose and of understanding the speaker's role in the Grand Bargain. He closes with a preview of future episodes, which will come every two weeks or less. Tune in if you want to discover the power of having your audience on the edge of their seats, even when presenting a technical topic. Because, really, isn't that what presenting the story of your work is all about?