The Seven Decrees to Better Storytelling
1. Engage and connect.
If a storyteller is thinking about themselves, they’re most likely not connecting to their audience.
2. Show, don’t tell.
This phrase goes back a buh-gillion years. Good storytellers don’t tell us what someone did, they act it out and live it for their audience.
3. Know Your Audience.
When a storyteller knows the audience as if they were characters in the story (it could be argued they are), he will tell a better story.
4. Know Your Characters.
If the characters are known inside and out, the audience will know them as well. Great storytellers ask Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of their characters.
Rewrite the story. Practice the script. Hone the voice.
5. Enhance or Detract.
For better storytelling, analyze each moment. Does it enhance character intent/purposes or does it detract from them? Toss out the distracting detractors.
6. Dress it up.
Getting the audience to visualize all elements of the story is a key element to better storytelling. Dress up the story with specific senses to get the audience to hear, see, smell, taste and touch the story.
7. Be Generous.
Better storytelling requires the teller to give boldly. They don’t hold back. The audience feels the passion and enjoys the hug-like envelopment of the story.
How are you living and creating better stories?