Communications CoP: The impact and Benefits of Storytelling as a Career Building Tool

This is a NCPMI Communication & Public Speaking CoP- NCPL Toastmasters Club Meeting. The Meeting includes prepared speech, table topics, networking, evaluations, jokes and multiple meeting operations roles. 

11-14-2017 5:30 pm -8:00 pm (5.30-6.30 Registration, Snack & Pre-meeting Networking)

Cisco Campus - Building 11   - 7200 Kit Creek Rd, BUILDING 11, Morrisville, NC 27560








Speaker:  Donald McNeil    


A good story teller can motivate an audience, keep them focused, captivate potential customers, win bids, influence project outcomes and is the life of the party. In short being a good storyteller is an excellent tool to build your career.

Today’s presentation will focus on the “The impact and Benefits of Storytelling.”  In this presentation, Don McNeil will brings Mark Twain to life with his impersonation of the legendary American author and humorist. Don's presentation will utilize a “Show and Tell” storytelling technique to illustrate the impact and benefits derived from mastering important storytelling tools and techniques.

Come prepared to experience and enjoy an evening of unique entertainment and learning.

Learning Objectives:  

Attendees will get a better understanding of the Twain’s unique storytelling techniques including the following:

  1. Telling General and Specific Stories with confidence
  2. Misdirection - Leading the audience with a narrative that unexpectedly changes
  3. Use of Pauses - For Mark Twain -pauses during his speeches were at least as important as the time spent actually speaking.
  4. Use of Humor -Twain pretended not to understand why his stories were funny


About the Speaker:

Donald McNeil     Author, Humorist & Featured Speaker · Professional Training & Coach 

Don McNeill retired from his 39 year career with American Airlines in 2012. He loved storytelling and soon joined Toastmasters. Don has always been a fan of Mark Twain. He was a Mark Twain scholar since his days at the University of Missouri/St Louis. In 2012, Don started doing performances as Mark Twain at a variety of venues. He performed at events in Wilmington and Hilton Head. In 2014 Don again entered the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest. This time he gave a speech using what he had learned from Mark Twain.  He practiced his speech at 9 different Toastmasters clubs.

Inspired by Twain, Don won the District Contest! In 2015, he tried again and came in second in the District. Mark Twain’s formula for storytelling has not lost its magic. Don has performed at more than 50 Mark Twain events. He is working on his first book and hopes to publish in March. Joining Toastmasters has been Don’s Key to Success


 Please note the following:

  1. This meeting is free for NCPMI & North Carolina Project Leaders Toastmasters (NCPL) members
  2. Space is limited if you register and cannot attend, please update the Chairperson in order that your space can be allocated to members on the standby list. -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Snack/Finger food will be provided
  4. PDUs will be reported by NCPMI
  5. PMPs are required to provide their PMI numbers in order that their PDUs can be reported
  6. Please arrive on time in order that the meeting can start promptly
  7. Please leave the facility in equal or better condition than you found it
  8. The meeting will take place at Cisco in Building 11, 7200 Kit Creek Rd, Morrisville, NC.  Click on Location for directions.  When you arrive, PLEASE LOOK FOR THE NCPMI & North Carolina Project Leaders Toastmasters signs.
  9. There are other Toastmasters clubs meeting at Cisco. Please ensure that you attend the correct meeting- NCPMI Communication & Public Speaking CoP- NCPL Toastmasters Club Meeting

Event Details

Event Date 11-14-2017 5:30 pm
Event End Date 11-14-2017 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-30-2017 12:00 am
Registered 42
Available place 8
Cut off date 11-14-2017 12:00 pm
Individual Price FREE for all NCPMI members and non members
Speaker Donald McNeil
Number Hours 1.5
Strategy PDU Hours 0.75
Leadership PDU Hours 0.75
Cisco Campus - Building 11
7200 Kit Creek Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560, USA
Cisco Campus - Building 11
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