Get Started Telling Stories

A friend told me: “When you tell a story, everything depends on knowing your audience, who is in your audience, each one as a person. Storytelling is ultimately a form of charity.” Try telling stories . . . you’ll find it better than television.

Read This:
  • Mark Twain, "How to Tell a Story." Read online version here.
  • Aaron Shepard's website Tell a Story here. He has great advice and recommendations.


And--while making up a story is one of the most enjoyable, indeed intoxicating experiences--perhaps you might welcome some stories that you can retell.

  • Get story ideas at a website of the University of Hawai'i Maui Community College Speech Department: click here.


P.S. My favorite story technique: when something shocking happens, ask the youngest member of your audience "What do you think happened next?" At best he tells you, and you might get a great idea to work into the story. At worst (and what a wonderful worst), he says, "I don't know!" And then I say, "And that's about how much Porcino or Tim or whatever-the-character's-name-is knows! Ask'em, 'What's going to happen next?' And they say, 'I don't know!' And THIS is what happened . . ."

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