Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact by Annette Simmons is an invaluable resource to anyone who wants to be an author or speaker.
What I Like
Simmons really helps the reader focus on their stories, but she goes beyond simply helping you recognize a good story. She helps you categorize your stories and put them into perspective. First, Simmons explains the six different types of stories. Then, she walks you through a series of exercises as you learn the four different methods for telling each type of story.
One feature of the book that I found to be most helpful is all the writing space. It is very convenient to write things exactly where you are going to see them, with the topics you are given. It no only makes the book a great resource, it helps you write the stories when they are fresh in your mind as the text helps you recall them. It would be very cumbersome to read the book and write your stories in a separate journal. Fortunately, Simmons provides enough space that you really shouldn’t find it necessary to keep a separate book just for writing.
What I really enjoyed about Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins is that the chapters are so well organized that my stories are, too. With them in an outline of sorts, I can easily transfer them to a book, article, or speech.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be an author or speaker. I first read parts of Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins in a class at Regent University. As with many of my textbooks, I held onto it with the expectation that I would need it as a resource one day in the future. I am so glad I did. I am working my way through the book from start to finish, and I really look forward to the stories, and speeches, that will come out of it.