Larry Smith

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​In just 30-60 minutes, Larry Smith will train your group to use a  tool that they can (and will) apply to their work  in countless and unimaginable ways. That tool is the Six-Word Memoir®, a short form storytelling process that organizations of all types and sizes have “installed” to great success. Larry’s high-energy, interactive presentation will take your team a journey from the small-town pharmacy, where his grandfather “Smitty” inspired a lifelong love of storytelling, to the creation of a  narrative platform that is effective at improving internal communication and enhancing external marketing. Larry’s inspirational talk will help you figure out just who you want to be as individuals and as an organization as a whole. Simple to grasp, easy to implement and enjoyable to learn, the Six-word Memoir® seminar is a staff- and skills-building experience like no other.

Note: This talk can be expanded into a 90- 180-minute workshop with multiple points of interaction, tailored to the client’s needs. It also can be done as a smaller-group seminar to follow/complement a keynote talk by Larry.

From the CEO to the administrative assistant, short-form storytelling expert Larry Smith believes every person in your organization must be able to convey your company’s mission in 30 seconds or less—or even in just six words. As the creator of the internationally renowned Six-Word Memoir® concept, Smith has harnessed the power of creative constraint and has been a trailblazer in the art of short, sharp, memorable storytelling. This high-energy, content-rich session leads audiences as they clarify their personal and professional brands, mottos and missions. Smith will offer simple, accessible instruction about why short-form storytelling works—and how to do it. He’ll lead the audience in interactive six-word prompts and responses throughout the talk, providing one of the most useful and energizing hours your organization can share together. By the end of the talk, everyone inside the room will have a deeper understanding of their company’s mission—and an invaluable new tool to convey that mission to the outside world. Working with Larry in a corporate or conference setting is a great way to reacquaint your group with the value of simple stories to forge better connections with teammates, constituents and customers.

Note: this talk can be expanded into a 90- 180-minute workshop with multiple points of interaction, tailored to the client’s needs.

Companies large and small have tapped into the power of storytelling by inviting Larry Smith, founder of the Six-Word Memoir® project, to lead employees through an engaging, interactive presentation that’s instantly effective for internal team-building. After sharing background on the Six-Word Memoir project and reasons for its success, Smith leads the audience through personal “Six-Word Memoirs” and “Six-Word Company Mission” exercises. Everyone participates, everyone gains a better understanding of the collective strength of their team or association, and everyone leaves armed with practical ways to foster team culture when they return to the office. Company after company report how Larry’s approach has permeated their culture and engagement long after the workshops, leading to a lift in engagement and personal commitment.

Note: this talk can be expanded into a 90- 180-minute workshop with multiple points of interaction, tailored to the client’s needs.


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Larry Smith is the founder and editor of SMITH Magazine and SMITH Teens. SMITH Magazine is best known for launching the Six-Word Memoir® project, which is a bestselling series of seven books and a global phenomenon. Anticipating the microblogging explosion, SMITH originally launched the Six-Word Memoir project in November 2006 in partnership with Twitter with a simple challenge: “Can you tell your life story in six words?”

Larry has been called “On a quest to spark the creativity of others,” in Oprah Magazine, one of the “most interesting people of the day” on CNN, and has been interviewed on storytelling and the wild success of the Six-Word Memoir project as a form of personal and professional self-expression on NPR, The CBS Early Show, The New York Times, and elsewhere; visit SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir press page.

Larry speaks on the power of personal storytelling and how to engage both internal teams and external customers and audiences; he has been invited to work with groups at Twitter, Dell, Shutterfly, ESPN and Google, nonprofits, foundations, and schools across the country. He’s a frequent speaker at conferences ranging from ESPN’s Storytelling Summit, PopTech, and the AARP Convention and teaches the class, “What’s Your Story: How to Deliver an Authentic Elevator Pitch” in private sessions and on-site at companies of all description and sizes.

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