Hollywood story consultant, author, and screenwriting coach, Michael Hauge joins forces with me to help speakers and business leaders improve their stories and examples for more effective presentations. I often say, “Stories are the best way to explain the complex, and also help the audience ‘see’ your message.”
Michael Hauge & Patricia Fripp Join Forces May 3, 2014 for the NSANC chapter of the National Speakers Assocation.
Here is some of Michael’s advice on stories:
All stories are character-driven. What your characters want, and what they fear, will define your plots, connect you with your readers and your audience, and reveal both your story’s meaning and your own passion.
No method, no formula, no process and no example should ever be imposed on a story or a storyteller. Only the goal is constant: to elicit emotion in the reader and the audience. And the path to that emotional experience is through the conflict your characters face.
My primary commitment is never just to the producer, the publisher, or even the writer. It’s to your story. When your story works, everyone wins.
The key to success lies in the questions I ask – helping clarify your vision for your story and then helping you realize that vision in a way that will reach the greatest possible audience.
Michael Hauge has coached writers, producers, stars and directors on projects for Will Smith, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron and Morgan Freeman, as well as for every major studio and network. He also works extensively with Hollywood executives, producers, agents and managers, helping them sharpen their story and development skills. Michael is the best-selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read and of Writing Screenplays That Sell, a definitive reference book for the film and television industries, which is now in its 32nd printing for HarperCollins.