Sharing stories connects people across time, space, and cultures in a way that nothing else can. Storytelling builds empathy and understanding between people. It has the potential to help us better understand each other even if we see things differently than others; it gives us the capacity to look at each other's lives through our own eyes.
However, good storytelling is not just about good story material but also good presentation skills. Being able to effectively communicate your story is essential. Storytellers use all the senses to communicate meaning through language, imagery, sound, and gestures to share compelling tales with enthusiasm, clarity, and great phrasing. If the storyteller can not relay their story, then all that hard work and effort into story making is wasted.
Great storytelling comes from the powerful connection between emotion and experiential data. Emotion is a key component of any story as it represents the human experience which provides greater meaning and impact. When telling your own stories, consider what you are feeling at every step of the narrative process to generate more authentic narratives with deep tiebacks to oneself. The ultimate goal when telling a story is aimed at making people feel something- most importantly empathy.
While some people can become effective storytellers naturally, others may feel more comfortable by first creating an outline or script for themselves to follow while they're telling their story. Once they've got that down they can then improve on their storytelling by creating more engaging characters with conflict.
The best way to get better at story telling is through practice. The more you tell your story the better you will become at it. With each telling, you'll learn some new techniques and see what works for your audience so that your next time around even greater successes can be had.
We all know that story telling is a powerful tool, but it can be hard to learn how to tell a good story. Story telling is a skill that can be learned and improved. It's important for storytellers to understand the basics of story telling and learn how to engage their audience. Story Telling: How to Tell a Story explains in greater detail the basics of story telling and shares some tips on how to be an effective storyteller.