Awe-Inspiring Stories Can Open Minds

February 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm 2 comments

I just read an article in the New York Times that relates to our discussions in speech class. It’s about what kind of news people like to share with each other, and why.

Research found that people like to share stories that are emotional and have a positive theme. Most of all, we like to share things that are awe-inspiring:  they help us think beyond our own point of view and see the world in a new light.

The article sums this up with, “If I’ve just read this story that changes the way I understand the world and myself, I want to talk to others about what it means. If you feel the same emotion, it will bring us closer together.”

Isn’t that what public speaking is all about?

You can read the article here



Entry filed under: Finding Your Voice, informative speech, Meaning, public speaking, Uncategorized. Tags: , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  February 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I really enjoyed the article. I found that reading inspiring stories do help us get through a tough time or a boring day. As supposed to scare tactics we mostly read and see on TV. I think the world should embrace sentimental stories instead of spreading lies or useless information.

  • 2. starscream85  |  February 16, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Great article! What a really cool find.


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