The Art of Relatable Speaking: Making Every Word Count

Monique Bradley - MC - Craigs Investment Partners

The Art of Relatable Speaking: Making Every Word Count


Hello! As a passionate storyteller and keynote speaker, I love helping others also find their voice and share their stories because I’m a firm believer that you never know when the teachable moment from your story may be the wisdom someone else needs to make their life better. So today, we’re going to chat about how to make your speaking and storytelling more relatable and impactful. You know, it’s not just about what you say; it’s how you say it and how it resonates with your audience, so let’s explore some fabulous tips on making every word count and truly connecting with your audience.

Authenticity: Your Secret Weapon

First things first, let’s talk authenticity. It’s your secret weapon. Like speaker Adam Christing says, ‘authenticity is what makes your talk memorable and inspiring. When you’re genuine, your audience feels it. It’s like having a heart-to-heart with each person in the room (or on the screen!)’​​.

Knowledge is Power

Now, let’s get down to business. You’ve got to know your stuff. Being knowledgeable not only boosts your confidence but also establishes your credibility. You’re the expert, so own it! Dive deep into your subject matter and share those golden nuggets of wisdom.

Keeping it Light and Fun

Who said learning can’t be fun? A splash of humour goes a long way in keeping your audience engaged. Think of it like adding a bit of spice to a dish – it just makes everything better. Wit and light-heartedness make your speech not just informative but also incredibly enjoyable.

Stories That Stick

Everyone loves a good story, right? Sharing personal anecdotes or relevant tales can make complex concepts more understandable and relatable. It’s like giving your audience a peek into your world, which helps them connect with the topic on a more personal level.

The Magic of Pause

Here’s a little secret: pauses are powerful. They’re not just awkward silences; they’re opportunities for your audience to digest what you’ve just said. Use them strategically to emphasize points and to give your listeners a moment to reflect.

Engage, Engage, Engage

Engagement is key! Ask questions, encourage participation, and create a dialogue. It’s about creating an experience where everyone feels involved and valued. This interactive approach makes your session more than just a speech; it becomes a shared journey.


So there you have it! Relatable speaking is all about being authentic, knowledgeable, fun, engaging, and a great storyteller. Embrace these elements, and you’ll not only capture but also captivate your audience. And if you’re not sure where to get started as a speaker, presenter or storyteller, get in touch! Happy speaking!