There is something about listening to ‘Once upon a time…’ that brings back fond memories. The stories and conversations that get you hooked on are embedded in your memory
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
– Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
Storytelling is an effective tool. Here is how you can become an Effective Storyteller!
1. Capture their attention
Presenting your story is an art in motion. People visit cinema halls or catch live dramas to have a fun and meaningful engagement. While you will plan the way you want to present your story, make room for spontaneity as well. This will keep your audience at the edge of their seat, and you will receive real-time feedback from them.
2. Be sensitive to your audience
While weaving a story, keep in mind to stay away from any punch lines or messages that highlight a bias which can hurt the sentiments of people or community. Your audience will immediately pick up any stereotypes or prejudice that makes its way into your content. Since cultural, religious, gender and race are sensitive topics; it will be difficult to cure the damage done. You can create goodwill by keeping in mind the sentiments of your audience.
3. Have a clear concept
What is the essence of your story? While narrating your story, you may want to introduce the element of surprise in your storyline that people can connect with, remember to always keep in mind the focus of your communication. No matter how many times you take detours while engaging your audience, it would help if you come back to the heart of your story.
4. Fact and fiction
Your story is a well-cooked meal with the ingredients that play with senses and yet remind you of home. People will connect with certain parts of your story and will even have a fresh perspective of how others would live it. The interplay of fact and fiction will help people relate to your story and give them thought-provoking takeaways.
“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.”
– Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
5. Practice Practice Practice!
Before you take centre stage, prepare for the big event. Research about the topic, write your script, narrate your story in front of the mirror, and even stand in front of your family and friends and try to work in the element of spontaneity.
Storytelling is a powerful tool, and the storyteller is a magician that can engage the senses of the audience.