Have you ever told a story to someone that can attract their attention? Have you ever tried to sell your stories to grasp people’s interest? Storytelling is one of the essential skills nowadays, especially in the workplace, and we may make a difference in our daily life by applying storytelling.
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Why is storytelling so important? No matter you are sharing stories of yourself or others, stories make people feel connected, loved, and somehow the vulnerability in your story that makes you more “human” and real without a mask when you show the softness. Moreover, all of those can build a profound relationship between you and others, which is why storytelling makes a difference in our relationship.
So what stories can you tell? I believe there are so many things that happened in your life that motivated or ignited you somehow, so one of the storytelling resources that everyone has is their own life stories and each one is unique without a doubt. It is difficult for you to remember them all at one time, so the tool we use is to create your life map, making your stories in order to reveal how you are and what are the values or beliefs you hold. Try to map key components or stories and add other relevant contextual information to your map. You can do your life map by drawing, photo editing or simply texting, finding a way that you are comfortable with, and creative is what you need. You can take a look at the examples below.
Another way of collecting stories is to extract stories from books and other’s life that inspire you so much, and of course, those stories should be aligned with your topics. Whenever you read such interesting stories, you should write them down and create a story box to store those exciting stories. Those stories embody your worldview and consistent with your core values, interestingly, you won’t forget them once you utilize one of them.
Storing stories is just the first step, the next step is to use those stories, but how? There are some techniques from Acumen that equip you to be a powerful storyteller. 1. Be present: feel the moment and allow you to be emotionally connected to the moment. 2. Provide lots of sensory details: i.e. show how things tasted, smelled, looked, sounded, felt. 3. Use the present tense to draw audiences into your story. 4. Use “bullet phrases” and avoid using connecting words, as a way to keep the story, short, to the point and captivating. 5. Play different roles without lots of “she said/he said” – bring the characters into life. Each and every technique should be practiced over and over and over, anyhow, practice makes perfect.
Another important element is your expressiveness and vocal range as a storyteller, the way how you telling stories. Expressiveness is to use your body and voice to express the emotions at most. One of the good ways to practice by telling stories to a kid, as we all know that kids love stories, so you have to make sure that you express fully with your body and voice within the stories that can help children imagine the world of your story. Vocal range is to display your range of voices, it covers the pitch from high to low, volume from loud to soft, speed&rhythm from fast to slow, and sound quality form a narrow&nasal sound to a round&broad sound. Practice and rehearsal storytelling using those techniques, to become an influential storyteller.
Storytelling is a skill and also an art, if you acquire this skill then it will become too compelling to not make people want to enjoy your stories and take whatever the actions you are calling on. It is also a crucial factor for leaders to call upon support, respect and unity. Last but not least, confidence leading us to become a great storyteller, not each person is confident and there is no person born with great confidence neither. Confidence needs training, practice, and persistence, grasp a spoon and be confident.
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