With the anticipation of Halloween around the corner, I must admit that I completely geek out, am full of excitement and am reminded of all the things I love about it. What is there not to love? It is a time when it is absolutely appropriate to dress silly, or scary, or like your favorite superhero. The possibilities are endless. However, even more than the costumes or candy, I love the storytelling. We all remember a great story. Whether you hear it around a campfire, on the television, or read it in a book, there are stories that really seem to stick, regardless of the subject matter. The truth is that a story alone is not enough. A story coupled with a great storyteller can make all the difference. A great storyteller will capture you and absorb you for hours. However, the story will not end after those hours, but seem to remain with you for much longer.
Storytelling is in fact a skill. It is something that we should all practice and can help us throughout our lives. Learning how to capture your audience’s attention is something that benefits us on both a personal and professional level. No matter what you want to do in your life, becoming a great storyteller will help you get there. They can inspire and motivate others to follow your lead. However, to refine the art of storytelling requires creativity and practice.
How can you become a better storyteller:
- Know your audience – who are you telling your story to?
- Refine your message – make sure you are clear and concise with your core message
- Determine what kind of story you want to tell – are you trying to inform your audience, are you trying to get them to take action, are you telling them about yourself, is your story about creating a community?
- Have a call to action – what response do you want from your audience at the end of your story?
- Keep practicing!!! Sometimes it can be hard to speak in front of a group of people or share your thoughts with others; however, keep putting yourself out there, and it will get easier.
Halloween is the perfect time to learn about this art. You can discover some of the greatest storytellers during this time. Take a look at The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving or The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe and you will find some of the greatest stories told. For this weeks #MakeItHappen, work on your own skills of storytelling. Whether it be writing a poem or working on an essay in class. Use the tips above to narrow your focus on how to improve your craft. Let us know what you’re working on and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social.
Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team
“Those who tell the stories rule the world.”
– Native American Proverb