Ask Tim: What is the Most Efficient and Powerful Way to Get One’s Message Out to the World?

In response to a survey to my community, I received the following question.

“What is the most efficient and powerful way to get one’s message out to the world?”

~Melva J.

Great question Melva!

I’ve been thinking about the different ways to share a message; emails, blog posts, webinars, Facebook, Twitter, books, face-to-face etc. The list goes on and on. I realized these examples are important but they are really just PLATFORMS to share a message on.

I believe there is something more BASIC, more EFFICIENT and more POWERFUL that can be used effectively on any of these platforms I’ve mentioned.

I believe your message is best delivered through STORIES.

I don’t know who said this first but I love this quote, “FACTS TELL, STORIES SELL.”

Think about it. You may not have a product per se to sell but that doesn’t mean you aren’t selling something. Quite to the contrary. You are selling your message.

=> If you want to impact other people’s lives, you need to sell.

=> If you want to teach others, you need to sell.

=> If you want to get your message out to the world, you need to sell.

Your message told with a STORY or STORIES will become more:

  • RELATABLE
  • PRACTICAL
  • INSTRUCTIONAL
  • INSPIRATIONAL
  • MEMORABLE

Don’t take my word for it. Think about this. What did the Carpenter from Nazareth use to teach? He used stories.

  • Stories His audience could RELATE to
  • Stories that were PRACTICAL
  • Stories that were INSTRUCTIONAL
  • Stories that were INSPIRATIONAL
  • Stories that were MEMORABLE

For example, where did the concept of the GOOD SAMARITAN come from? From a story Jesus told almost 2,000 YEARS AGO! A story, told in answer to a question, “who is my neighbor?” This story continues to TEACH and INSPIRE people today and I didn’t even have to tell the entire story to make my point. That’s how powerful stories are!

I’ll have more to say about stories in future posts.

Thanks again Melva for a very thought provoking question.

=> If you have a comment about this post or something about stories in general, please share in the comments or shoot me an email tim@DoWhatYouCanNow.com

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8 Comments

  1. Melva on July 4, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Yes, it’s the story. Thank you for the reminder. I’ll make sure I remember to do this going forward.

    • Tim Maudlin on July 4, 2017 at 2:59 am

      I imagine you and Jesse have a lot of great stories to share Melva.

  2. Georgia on July 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Awesome answer Tim. Yes, stories connect us and enthrall us. Great point. I am going to put more stories in to my writing. Thanks!

    • Tim Maudlin on July 5, 2017 at 2:49 am

      Thank you Georgia! With your Granny G theme, your stories will really connect.

  3. Carol Rizzo Gerber on July 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    When Bob Waldron came to our congregation to teach us how to teach our bible classes the one thing I remembered the rest I forgot but the one thing he said was simply tell the story.
    He started the class for the whole congregation by telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood. You could hear a pin drop.

    • Tim Maudlin on July 5, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Great story Carol, thanks!

  4. Carol Kay on July 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Have you heard of a teaching method known as orality. (I am not certain of the spelling) ? It is used with people who can’t read or who use a different language. I don’t know specifics but it does use simple stories with simple objects to teach in a way that helps students to remember the lesson. Very important when they cannot read. I do know that David, (my son in law) has used it in Sierra Leone.

    • Tim Maudlin on July 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      I haven’t heard of that Carol but it sounds interesting.

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