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Hollywood Secrets to Spinning Riveting Stories

Michael HaugeGuest Expert:

Michael Hauge
(About Michael)

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The Program:

Were you ever so enthralled by a movie that you didn’t once think about chores, work, or anything beyond what was happening in the film? The opening had you immediately engaged, and as the story unfolded — gripping you with its compelling characters and insurmountable conflict — it kept you focused until the credits rolled.

You thought, “I’d love to know how screenwriters craft these riveting tales so I could adapt the concepts to my stories and keep my audience totally engaged.”

You’re in luck! We invited one of Hollywood’s top script consultants and story experts to share his techniques and help us understand how to adapt them to our presentations.

Michael presents the storytelling secrets that have captivated film and television audiences worldwide, and shows how you can employ these same essential tools and principles to enthrall and transform your audiences.

Drawing on his years of experience consulting with top screenwriters, producers, directors and stars — including Will Smith on the screenplays for “The Karate Kid,” “I Am Legend” and “Hancock” — plus his work coaching public speakers and business leaders, Michael reveals some of the biggest mistakes speakers make in telling their stories, and how to replace them with techniques that bring audiences to their feet.

Compelling, well-told stories ensure that your presentations seduce, entertain, enlighten and inspire your audiences, and move them to action. But you can’t achieve any of these outcomes if your stories don’t elicit emotion. Michael shows you how.

You will learn:

  • the #1 goal of every story — and how to accomplish it
  • why stories are your best selling tool
  • the two most powerful ways to begin any story
  • how to create empathy with the hero of any story
  • how to tell personal stories without “showing off”
  • how stories about others convince audiences to buy your products or service
  • the keys to creating transformation — in your characters and your audiences
  • how a closing story must differ from an opening story

More about our guest expert:

Michael Hauge has been one of the film industry’s top script consultants for more than 30 years, and now coaches professional speakers, attorneys, and direct response marketers as well, helping them transform their stories and their audiences using the principles and methods of Hollywood’s most successful movies.

Michael has worked with screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently “I Am Legend,” “Hancock” and “The Karate Kid” for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment, “Masters of the Universe” for Columbia Pictures, and “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” for Sony Pictures and Constantin Film. According to Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.”

Michael is the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, as well as the new 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell. A number of Michael’s seminars, including “The Hero’s 2 Journeys” with Christopher Vogler, are available on DVD and CD and digital format at bookstores worldwide, and through his website below.

Michael has presented seminars and lectures in person and online — including “Add Hollywood Pizzazz to Your Presentation” with legendary speaker and speaking coach Patricia Fripp — to more than 70,000 participants worldwide. For information on his consultation services, products and lecture schedule, or to contact Michael directly, please go to StoryMastery.com.

Information about Michael’s speaker coaching

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