Communications CoP:  Tell It So They’ll Listen: 5 Essential Elements in Effective Storytelling

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. 

10-23-2018: 5:30 pm -8:00 pm (5.30-6.00 Registration, Snack & Pre-meeting Networking)

Cisco Campus - Building 12 (Vienna, Warsaw, Madrid)


According to marketing specialist David Beriev, “Storytelling has always been an integral part of our lives. But stories are more than just entertainment. Starting back in the ancient times, people have used stories to communicate, learn, and connect with each other. Stories allow people to share knowledge and emotions, identify truths, find themselves and their place in communities, and make sense of the world they live in. And thus people are conditioned to look for stories in order to make decisions — in order to find value.”

To be effective in business and personal life, you need to know how to communicate well. Storytelling is an integral part of that effectiveness. A good story has five essential elements. The more you develop the skill of capturing people’s attention, the more you can lead, resulting in desired outcomes. Dea Irby will cover those elements by example and through a story creating exercise.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session paticipants will:

  • Hear a story
  • Learn five essential elements of storytelling
  • Learn an outline for creating a story
  • Create a story using the 5 essential elements

About the Speaker


Creating stories has been a lifelong activity for Dea Irby from the times she explained “what happened” as a child to the scripts she has penned as an adult and the spontaneous bedtime stories she told her eight children. Dea has been married to her husband, Tom, for 44 adventurous years, is a published author, speaker, and REALTOR serving the Triangle area. She joined Toastmasters in 2016 and has completed her Competent Leader, Competent Ccommunicator, and Advanced Ccommunicator Bronze Education Awards.



 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 12, 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 10-23-2018 5:30 pm
Event End Date 10-23-2018 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-03-2018 12:00 am
Registered 40
Available place 10
Cut off date 10-23-2018 10:00 pm
Individual Price Free for all NCPMI members and non-members
Speaker Dea Irby
Number Hours 1.50
Leadership PDU Hours 1.50
Location Cisco Campus - Building 12 (Vienna, Warsaw, Madrid)
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