To attract-high paying clients, don’t just use facts to tell when you can use stories to sell. Experts and thought leaders are typically great storytellers.
“Trying to influence people by using words to appeal to their intellect isn’t enough,” says author Dr. Paul Homoly. “We need stories.”
Homoly is a world-class leader in dental education. As a comprehensive, restorative dentist and acclaimed educator for over thirty years, he is known for his innovative and practical approach to dentistry. He retired from clinical practice in 1995 and now devotes his full time focus to training, coaching, consulting and authoring. He is the creator of the “Just Because You’re an Expert…Doesn’t Make You Interesting” workshop.
I caught up with Homoly in Phoenix in January when he delivered a keynote address on his trademarked “StorySelling” approach at the Jumpstart2019 conference sponsored by the Dental Speakers Institute.
Here are five ways Homoly shared to improve your client-attracting stories:
Keep Stories Short. “A good way to think about stories is to picture an artist at a street fair who’s perched on a stool, wearing a beret,” says Homoly. “He has an easel, drawing pencils, or a handful of dry erase markers, and for twenty bucks, he’ll draw your caricature. A few lines here, a few curves there, and the artist captures the gist of the features that make you distinct. Your mind fills in the rest of the details. Great stories are oral caricatures. A few visual and emotional words paint just enough of the picture for your mind to fill in the missing elements.”
Keep Stories Character-centered, not Plot-centered. “The stories you tell should reveal more about how the characters feel and less about the specific details of what happened to and around them,” says Homoly. “Your stories don’t need fancy plots or tons of details about the surroundings. They do need believable characters whom the listeners can picture and relate to.”