Stories. Stories. Stories.
Recently I went to a workshop and met a master storyteller. He was a very interesting man. Storytellers are very talented because of the way they lure you into their stories and keep you engaged.
Side note, I did not know storyteller can be a career. I wanted to become one. Well, if #motispire can keep motivating folks then, maybe I’ll write a book and become a true storyteller. Hopefully, readers can like and share #motispire, and even be my guest bloggers. That would be great!
The workshop was very engaging. It was titled, “The science behind the starting power of story.” He taught us how to become effective story-teller as well as what to expect from our audience. He answered questions like, “What is a story? How do storytellers engage their audience? Why is it important? And why do we think the way we do?”
First, the master storyteller sat us down and asked us many questions.
One of the questions was “where do stories happen?”
I would think stories happen all around us, and it happens everywhere. But he pointed it out that it happens in the listener’s mind, also called the “mind of the receiver.” My mind was blown. That is true. Often when stories are told, most of it is happening in someone else’s mind. And as a storyteller, you have to be able to paint the pictures for your listener.
One of the activity he made us do was to say “Hello” and to say it differently. We went down the rows and everyone had said a different greeting. Little did we realized we were not listening to him. He asked to say hello in a different way, not say it in a different word. We felt as if we were betrayed. We misinterpreted his meaning because we did not take it literally. As storytellers, they have to be cautious as to how their listeners will listen and how they interpret words.
Then he talked about stories and what formed them. He said the power of influencing your audience includes attention, engagement, and emotional connection. And because of the context of prior knowledge and story structure, we are then able to tell a better story. Prior knowledge plays a very important role here because it helps us link words to picture. For example, when we hear or see the word “A” we automatically think of apple and the apple will appear in our mind.
He went on to talk about the formation of stories. A story includes four different cores. In almost every story there is problem, conflict, risk and danger and goal. Of course, with interesting characters, the motive that is linked to the goal, and importance as to why the goal is important. Then add the details and struggles to reach the goal, painting pictures into the listener’s mind. This keeps the listener engaged and interactive.
This workshop made me thought a lot about stories. I thought about how stories are formed, what kinds of pictures do I want others to see, what is our motives and what is the goal of the story? How will I keep listeners engage in my stories? How do I make them feel something?
This was really helpful, especially for writers, storytellers, and authors out there.
Do you have stories you want to tell, but not sure how to tell it? You too can become a master storyteller. #daretotell #storyteller