Abraham Lincoln said, “Stories are the shortest distance between a stranger and a friend.” Lincoln understood the power of a story.  It was a tool that allowed him to quickly and dramatically connect with people.

Terry Sprouse
Terry Sprouse

Terry Sprouse will share the techniques Lincoln used to tell a story in his talk on Wednesday (Feb. 4) at 3:30 p.m. at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Based on his newest book, “How Abraham Lincoln Used Stories to Touch Hearts, Minds, and Funny Bones,” Sprouse will analyze Lincoln’s methods such as mimicry and self-effacing humor, adding a moral at the end.

Sprouse describes how Lincoln developed his story telling skills and the characteristics he possessed that made his stories compelling.  He will illustrate how to use stories in daily life to connect with others and how to “Lincoln-ize” or rejuvenate an old story using Lincoln’s three-step template.

Sprouse is an author, speaker and entrepreneur.  His first book, “Fix em Up, Rent em Out” was an award winning finalist in the 2008 National Best Book Awards (USA Book News).  He lives in Tucson with his wife, Angy, and two teenage sons.

Written by Priscilla Moore, Academy Village Volunteer


Abraham Lincoln and the Power of a Story: Feb.2015
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