01 May 2014

Storytelling Techniques, Hints and Tips

Storytelling is good for us! It develops our imagination, makes us laugh and teaches us how to make others laugh, or feel emotions. It also develops our powers of description. It teaches us to "hold an audience", so people listen to us. When perform story telling it helps us to appreciate others and ourself too. Right now, we are going to share some hints and tips to be a good story teller.

Here are some hints and tips to perform story telling :

1. Engage your audience. Start your story telling by interacting with your audience or doing something to grab their attention. You can ask them question relates to the story you’re going to tell.

2. Say where you got your story from. E.g a book, a film, your life, a dream of your imagination.

3. Build the scene. Try to create an atmosphere. We can start with the time, place and weather of the story.

4. Focus on what’s important. Do not hesitate to remove the slow parts of your story. Ask yourself, “do I need to tell this piece of the story this time?”

5. Use a strong and confident voice. Being prepared will make you confident. Speak more slowly and loudly than normal, vary the speed and make your voice melodic and interesting. You also can use other sounds like weather and animal sound.

6. Use good pacing. When you are confident, you will not be in a hurry. Leave a space between words or sentences sometimes, to create an atmosphere.

7. Use eye-contact with your listeners. Your eye-contact is a gift to the listener. Make them feel like you are talking face to face with them. It's a sign of respect and engagement with the flow of the conversation.

8. Control your face. If you want to really become a great story teller, you have to master your ability to create and change facial expression to match what you are saying.

9. Act out the story. Take time to practice your gesture before perform the story. If you can, move your whole body to act out the story. Use your body to direct the listener’s attention.

10. Be authentic and control the environment. You have to know where each time you tell it gets more dramatic and epic, and the details become more mythic and characters become less and less real. Make sure the environment isn’t too distracting or noisy. If someone tries to steal the focus of attention, direct it right back to you.

11. Involve your audience. You can ask them questions relate to the story. At the end of the story you can ask them first to tell what they think. Let the story speaks to the audience in its own way.
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