Every family has a storyteller. Who’s the one with the memories of uncle Joe driving his first car? Who’s the family member with the story behind the family traditions?
If this family member is you – that’s great. Keep up the great work. Telling stories keeps memories and traditions alive. If this isn’t you (and you want it to be), start practicing! There are a ton of resources on the internet to help you become a better storyteller. Need help getting started? We’ve put together a few tips to help you out!
Speak with a Theme in Mind
Every story has an underlying message. Was the grass greener on the other side? Did you get by with a little help from your friends? Set your climax up to draw attention to the lesson of the story. Keep the question in mind: what impact does your story have on your world?
Use Emotional Highlights and Milestones
Stories encompass more than happy and sad. Was the birth of your daughter the greatest day of your life? Was winning the championship the most pride you’ve ever felt? Let your listeners know! Pull your listener’s heartstrings for a better story.
Ask Listeners to Use their Imagination
There are some stories that wrap us up like a blanket. Set the scene and give your reader context for each part of your story. Paint the picture and let your audience imagine the rest.
Take Your Time while Staying on Topic
Follow the “story plot diagram” to structure your stories. Don’t give too many details, but don’t leave out the critical context either. Need help figuring out what to exclude? Read the story backwards, sentence-by-sentence. Remove anything that’s not pertinent to the story.
Never Stop Practicing
It’s true. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Use your family reunions, holidays, and small gatherings as an opportunity to tell your favorite stories. Need an audience? Your mirror is a great substitute!