9 Ways To Be Better At Telling Stories

Pointers For Better Storytelling

Being a good storyteller could come in handy. If you have children, you've probably told the traditional bedtime stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Princess and the Pea, and others hundreds of times. Learning how to be better at telling stories could make your job as a parent much easier. You may also need to be a good storyteller as a business owner, employee, writer, teacher, or in many other occupations.

A storyteller needs a good story that is relevant to the audience. Be sure you know what you're trying to convey to your audience, and keep their interests in mind, as you unveil your story. Be aware of how you're presenting the story, whether orally or written.

What tone are you projecting? Are you trying to rush the story to completion? Your presentation will determine how well the audience is pulled into the story. Here are some ways to make you better at telling stories.

1Be A Wide Reader

You'll stand a better chance of becoming a good storyteller if you're exposed to good stories. Think back to the stories you enjoyed as a child or authors that held your imagination. Use those stories as guidelines for creating your own.

2Write Everything Down

Write down your experiences. Also, note the things you've heard others say or dream that you have had, that you may be able to incorporate some of that into your stories. If something unusual happens around you, write it down immediately for future use.

3Don't Limit Yourself

Maybe you're interested in storytelling to entertain your children. Start writing your stories down or record them, as you tell them to your children. You may decide to create a book of stories much the way Frank Baum did with the OZ stories or C.S. Lewis did with The Chronicles of Narnia.

4Stick With What You Know

Tell stories about something you're passionate about. When you know your subject matter, it's easier to weave a story. Create your stories based on people you know, but change the names to protect the innocent.

5Determine What You Want To Communicate

If you're telling a story to children, your purpose will be to entertain and teach them. If you're using a story to help you sell something, your purpose will be to elicit an emotional response. The reasons for each story are entirely different.

6Think Of Your Audience

Keep a story simple for children, and increase its complexity with older audiences. Children have a shorter attention span than adults, so short stories work better with them. Too many details or a story taking too many detours also bogs down children. Keep it simple.

7Pay Attention To The World Around You

Have you noticed a need that's not being met? You could tell a story to call others to action. If you're a business owner, you might be able to use a popular trend as a basis for a story on your website. Or if you're a stay-at-home mom, you might be able to use a tip you learned from another mom to tell a story to your kids.

8Learn To Stick To The Important Facts

Storytellers, especially new storytellers, tend to take off on rabbit trails that have nothing to do with their story. By straying from the story, you'll lose your audience's attention. Try writing your story down on paper first; you'll be more likely to remain focused.

9Consider Taking Acting Lessons

Acting lessons will help you learn to bring your story to life. Use different voices for the characters in the story. Practice your improvisational skills, as well.

Storytelling can be an important tool to use when trying to communicate with others. With stories, you can entertain others or bring them to action depending on the story and how well you tell it. Whether you're trying to teach your children not to be afraid of the dark or you're selling a product, learning how to be a good storyteller can bring you greater success in your endeavor.

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John Quintana

John Quintana is a proud Cuban, a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida, where he lives surrounded by a loving family. When he's not writing, he spends his time either fishing or in the kitchen.