How to tell a story?

How to tell a story?

How to tell a story?

The world is shaped by two things stories told and the memories they leave behind.
―Vera Nazarian

We love stories. A good story can convey a message, entertain or ignite a fire within your audience. As a storyteller,we create experiences, which in turn become stories. Many people think that the art of storytelling is something difficult and complex, reserved only for certain skilledmembers of society. That couldnt be farther from the truth. The skills necessary to tell a story can be acquired through practice and with the right toolkit; everyone can become a master storyteller. Here are some of the ways to improve the art of storytelling:

1. Mastering Fundamentals

  • Engage your audience

Storytelling is what engages the audience. Capturing a keen attention of the audience, play a vital role in storytelling. Engage them with a question (or two) and put them in the center of the story. Stories can help explain what might otherwise be overly complex, or hard to relate to. We remember those stories more than we remember statistics. If you really want to attract people, you need to tell a genuine and interesting story by including some facts.

  • Build the scene

Set the scene and provide your audience with context of the story. We experience the world through our senses and so, if you want to fully capture your audience, you must engage your senses. By engaging the senses of your audience and setting the scene, you will achieve a more immersive experience for your readers.

  • Build tension & release it

Be descriptive when telling about the climatic moments in your story. If you’re telling the story in person, perhaps when you share first whatever experience, be expressive and get excited about the story you’re telling.

  • Focus on what is important

A storyteller must omit those unwanted words and focus on what is important to tell. The story can be funny, meaningful, emotional or a mixture of these, or something completely different. Be creative, but dont forget to always make it relevant and interesting.

  • Keep the flow logical

Stories should flow, move along without impediment, and lead ever forward. Flow requires a personal assessment of value and can provide them with some amount of personal value or satisfaction even its just the joy of a good story.

  • Make it feel conclusive

Unless the story is to continue and you are intentionally building up the suspense, there should be closure in the story. Whatever plot you’ve built should be finished and leave no questions hanging in the air.

2. Use your voice and body

  • Generate character- different voices

When you tell a story, the focus shouldnt be on the topic youre trying to get the reader into if you do that, the copy will turn out boring and descriptive, and readers will run away. Instead, generate character; use your voice with different tone. If you want readers to get an interest in what youre trying to say or to convince them to buy, help them find themselves in the character of your story it will be easier for them to start to think about using the tool or topic just like your copy hero did.

  • Modulate

How to modulate your voice is possibly the first thing people think of when talking about how to tell stories and tales. Unsurprisingly a bit of training on the best and most effective ways to use your voice during a story recital is also one of the easiest ways to really bring the tale to life for your listener(s). It is best if you can tell the story with the right annotations and clear enunciation. From introduction to ending, speak loudly and clearly as well.

  • Control your face and expression

Facial expressions create an opportunity for you to tell a story without using words. Facial expressions are important. Using them does enhance storytelling. The coolest thing about facial expression is that just as babies learn vocabulary and figure out how to respond to the world by watching facial expressions and listening to the tones of our voice. Allowing your face to slowly settle into an exaggerated expression. This allows the audience to go on that physical trip with you.

  • Talk with your hands

Imagine watching a speaker for an hour just flapping his lips with no hand movement. That would be weird, if not plain freaky! When you move your hands to explain what you are talking about, you will help your audience understand your points.

  • Act out the story- eyebrows

When telling your story, you cant simply stand there and state the facts. Even when youre telling your personal story, simple storytelling is just not enough. You need to trigger mental images in your audiences minds. By making your story visual, your audience will engage in it more easily; listening to mere facts will not attract them enough and will most certainly bore them. But, by visualizing everything in their minds, they will create a world of images that will excite them and make them curious about what you have to say.

3. Improving Storytelling

  • Practice

When telling your story, first step you need to do is practice. As said Practice is the essence of excellence. When you practice it appears through your speech and you appear immature but it works wonder for many people so may be practice in front of the mirror. You must be motivated and willing to exert yourself to improve.

  • Memorize your story

Storytellers just need the right tools to help them know the story. If you try to memorize every single word, youll be worrying about every single word. Rather than word-for-word memorization, memorize the big ideas of the story that keep it moving. This will force you to find the best way for you to tell a story. The story must come across as stiff and robotic. Making the story your own ensures that it sounds comfortable and engages your listeners.

  • Be authentic

When you start authentically telling your stories and sharing your expertise with the motivation to help others, you will be amazed with the emotional connection that you start building with people and the relationships you start developing because you are positively impacting their lives. To really work though storytelling must be done in a way that is authentic.

  • Control environment

The human brain is only wired to pay attention for about 10 minutes at a time. As a presenter, you have to find a way to capture peoples attention and keep re-engaging them in your message. Make sure the environment isn’t too distracting or noisy.

  • Allow interaction

The human brain is only wired to pay attention for about 10 minutes at a time. As a presenter, you have to find a way to capture peoples attention and keep re-engaging them in your message. Make sure the environment isn’t too distracting or noisy.

  • Respond to your audience

When you are confident, you will not be in a hurry. You want to speak slowly enough so that the story is easily absorbed by the audience but do not speak so slowly that their minds check out of the room. Telling your story around the experience of your audience will make you a storyteller that no one will soon forget.


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