Storytelling Tips

A good story begins with something attention grabbing.

Start with the characters. Whether it’s yourself, your family or someone else, you want to introduce them quickly. 

Stakes are essential in live storytelling. What do you stand to gain or lose? Why is what happens in the story important to you

At the heart of a story is a promise – a journey, a mystery, a problem – that entices the audience and makes the story worth listening to.

 Make sure your story has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Storytelling occurs in the moment so not every detail has to be included each time. Ask yourself, “Do I need to tell this piece of the story this time? Is it critical?”

Stories are about how you felt. “It’s not a matter of, ‘We won the game.’ It’s, ‘How did you feel when you won? What did you believe was impossible that now suddenly you can do?’”

Conclude as a different person: Triumphant? Defeated? Befuddled? Enlightened? … CHANGED.