What are the traits of master storytelling and how can we use those to become more creative, influential, inspiring and confident?
- If you have children, you can tell stories that will influence them the rest of their lives!
- The stories you tell in business -- and how you tell them -- can make or break how people view you and your abilities.
- With friends and family, you'll have more fun and enjoyment when you can keep them captivated.
- If you enjoy creative expression, stories are one of the most powerful forms. (Sadly, many people struggle with "writer's block" and the loss of their natural creativity.)
- If you speak in front of an audience, strong storytelling can win them to your side and keep them fascinated.
- If you want to connect on a deeper level with the people in your life, stories can help you do it.
- People may quickly forget what you tell them directly, but they'll remember your moving story for decades.
- How to start your story right! (Many are struck with self-doubt when starting a story. Others paint themselves into a corner they can't escape.)
- How to grab people's interest right from the start. (Fail to do this and you may as will shut up.)
- What words generate emotion. (We're more influenced by how we feel than what we think.)
- How to build suspense and make your audience want to know what comes next. (It's important to know the tricks to keep them engaged.)
- How to silence your inner critic so you can let out your inner voice. ("Writer's block" is really an overactive internal editor.)
- How to find the meaningful in the mundane. (Even your everyday occurrences can shift how we think about the world.)
- How to use every aspect of your communication -- your voice, gestures, eye contact and words -- to captivate. (An amazing story can bore people to tears if you tell it wrong.)
- How to help people follow you and remember the important parts. (Because, unlike a book, they can't go back if they miss or don't understand something.)
- How to convey ideas clearly and simply. (Avoid being long-winded and losing your audience.)
- How to create an image in people's minds... so they feel like they are in the story themselves.
- How to attend to your audience and adapt to their needs. (There's no "right way" to tell a story -- you have to incorporate moment-to-moment feedback from your audience to keep interest strong.)
- How to keep going if you get stuck. (It's easier than many people think, you just need a few simple tools.)
- How to clarify the message you want to get across. (And, how to avoid sounding preachy or simple minded.)
- How to tie it all together and end your stories memorably. (People often best remember the last thing they hear, so you want your ending to be effective. This can make or break the impact you have.)
That's a lot, isn't it? And, that's just for starters! But, it can be fun and easy to learn those skills. You just need to break them down in a simple way. Then, you can practice step-by-step.