A storyteller is like an athlete. The best ones work on the muscles of framing and delivering their stories.
Telling a story is like taking a person on a journey. You need to know when to deliver the right punchline and how to pace it without losing the attention of your audience.
Here are some behaviors that improve your storytelling abilities:
Be Curious About Life
Great storytellers are curious about everything.
Every person around you has a story. Be open and willing to listen to them. As Ralph Waldo Emerson noted, every man and woman knows something you don’t and in that respect, they can teach you something you don’t know.
Learn How To Edit Your Story
Avoid rambling. You need to know what to cut out of your stories.
When you carry on, people will be easily distracted. Keep your stories succinct. Read your audience while sharing your stories and notice if they seem interested. If you have already lost their attention, you’ll need to change how you tell that particular story the next time you relate it.
Where Do You Start?
Everyone has stories to share. You do, too. But where do you start?
Think back to an idea for a story inspired by an event that happened in your life recently. Share it with a trusted group of friends or family to share it with first. Over time, you can test the same story with different audiences and note the reactions of your audience.
You will soon know which parts of the plot grab the attention of your audience. Try different words and pause at different parts of the storyline.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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