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5 Rules for Becoming the Best Story Tellers

Author: Orly Katz

Have you ever thought about what the main difference is between a good joke and an excellent joke?

I have news for you: it’s not the content, it’s the how, the way it’s presented! Just like a good attorney standing in court defending his client with a lot of pathos and charisma.

It’s the same with presenting a story!

In short, the way you tell the story is crucial and very relevant to the story’s success! Sometimes a mediocre story sounds amazing, because it’s told by someone who just has it, just knows how to tell stories.

What are the requirements for story presentation?

  • Interpersonal Communication:

    You have to create the feeling that you want, in order to arouse interest among the listeners through: tone of voice, facial expressions, word choice, body language, and the speed of narration, stopping for emphasis, pausing before moments of suspense.

    If you haven’t seen the movie The King’s Speech, this is the time to go and watch it… It tells the story of King George the Sixth (played by Colin Firth), who was unexpectedly crowned king after his older brother abdicated the throne. Although he was considered impaired due to his tendency to stutter and his absent-minded character, he found himself leading his nation at the start of World War II. The change he underwent in his speaking style over the years is fascinating!
    Highly recommended.

  • Involve the Senses:

    Words alone are not inspiring, unless they convey some experience. Experiences are passed through the senses.
    So, try to involve all the listeners’ senses, in order to give them an experience that’s significant for them!

  • Your Personal Speech Style:

    You have to project authenticity: to be yourself without acting, without clichés, but just try to convey the message in as relevant way as possible, so it suits the target audience, so it’s both user friendly and fun on the one hand, and serious and high quality on the other hand.

  • Create Moments of Emotion and Identification:

    These are moments when the audience can identify with the message or with you…

    Even if it’s a fictional story, it’s important to include lots of human elements that are easy to identify with.

  • Practice, Practice, and More Practice!

    Don’t be embarrassed about practicing your story in front of the mirror, in front of your phone, in front of a supportive audience…

Taken from our accredited online course for teachers:
The Art of Effective Group Facilitation.

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