The Heart of A Story

Last week you learned that the hook to any story is the conflict and this week you’ll discover that the heart of any story is dialogue!

Far too many speakers use too much narration and too little dialogue when sharing their story. Using dialogue acts like the heart does to the human body and pumps life into the story. It helps to bring the audience into the middle of the scene to re-live the story with you. Narration only acts like a report whereas dialogue is a story. Here is a list of reasons why World Class speakers use dialogue more often than narration in their stories.


Dialogue helps your audience imagine your characters better because they can hear exactly how your character said something. It allows you to display vocal variety, and expressions that are hidden in strictly narration.


It makes the most impacting lines connect with the audience at deeper levels because of them re-living the story with you.


It provides more opportunity to uncover humor.


Another World Champion Speaker (2001), Darren LaCroix,  says that “Reactions tell the story.” Using dialogue sets up wonderful opportunities for one character to react to another.


Here’s the difference:  Dialogue goes like this – “The young boy said , ‘You‘ve got to be kidding? I actually won?”  Whereas narration would say – “The young boy couldn’t believe that he won and thought the announcer was playing a joke on him.”  What a difference, right? Can you feel it?


So the next time you need to breathe a little life into your story, use dialogue! And then use even more dialogue!


Until next week,


Keep letting the REAL  U…..Speak Through!

Lisa Vanderkwaak M.Sc.

Certified  World Class Speaking Coach

REAL U Institute™

“Equipping you to Communicate with Passion, Purpose and Transformational Impact”

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