10 tips to improve your storytelling

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10 Tips to improve your storytelling

Louis Richardson, IBM Storyteller & Enthusiast

Mark Twain (1835-1910)1

We cant all be great storytellers, but we can all be better storytellers.Look for improvements not perfections

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)2

2. Look each day for a story worth telling.Stories from personal observation are often most powerful

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)3

3. Develop a method for capturing ideas, antidotes and stories.A voice message, a notebook, etc. Great stories start with a spark, dont let it die out.

Ludwig & Wilhelm Grimm (1785-1863 & 1786-1859 respectively)4

4. When someone else is telling a story.See if you can picture what they are recounting. Successful stories are enchanting

Steven Spielberg (1946- )5

5. Schedule time to write or record and share.Without purposeful effort, the great stories you can tell, will go untold.

Walt Disney (1901-1966)6

6. Develop and tell provocative storiesImagine lofty ideas & paint emotional pictures to impact your audiences dreams.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)7

7. When someone upsets you, take a moment & think of how, if asked, they would tell the same story.Perspective is paramount.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)8

8. When someone comes to you with an idea or a need, ask them to relate it in a story.Transformation into a story often brings the key point into focus.

Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)9

9. Seek out and spend time listening to and studying great storytellers.TED.com offers some of todays best storytellers.

Sir Ken Robinson (1950- )10

10 Develop and refine YOUR personal story.We each have stories worth telling. Its all about the dash (between the dates)

You ( ? - ? )11

Note: Although the tips in this presentation are presented with a picture of a great storyteller, they are not quotes from these individuals. These storytellers are some of my favorites and serve only to represent the respective tip.

Mark Twain The Diaries of Adam and EveAlfred Hitchcock Rear WindowCharles Dickens A Christmas CarolThe Brothers Grimm The Bremen Town MusiciansSteven Spielberg Schindlers ListWalt Disney DumboMartin Luther King Jr. I Have a DreamHans Christian Andersen The Emperors New SuitDr. Seuss Oh, the Places Youll GoSir Ken Robinson Why Schools Kill CreativityYou Id love to hear it

Louis Richardson@inter_vivos12