Here are some storytelling tips we’ve collected from sources we admire that we plan to use for our storytelling format:
- Be authentic. Truth in storytelling is the key. Exaggeration is good. Lies, not so much.
- Put your notes away. We want to hear your natural cadence – which can include an awkward pause or a moment or two of silence.
- Know your story well enough to have a good time. While taking a moment to pace the story or gather yourself works, struggling for a memory won’t.
- Build a solid journey with a mix of good details, high stakes, and emotional investment
- Share your profound and unusual experiences.
- Remember that revealing yourself on stage takes courage.
Don’t do this
- No standup routines. Although we are thick with funny people and we love you all, save the schtick for open mics and comedy nights.
- No rants. Injustice and irritation work, but Lewis Black isn’t here.
- No essays. Your words on paper are gorgeous. Trust the words coming out of your mouth will be too.
Featured photo: Walk off stage feeling as confident as Big Foot traversing his deep forest home. (Ryan McGuire | Bells Design)