Storytelling is an act of telling stories which include plot, characters, and narrative point of view. The most boring situations can be likened up when we take the time to listen to each other’s stories, and tell our own. Telling a story, whether it’s a joke or fairy tale, is a great skill. Some people have this skill naturally and others have to learn this. If stories are told poorly, then you can lose your audience interest.
First, you need to know that what makes a story a good story. A good story holds the listener’s interest and builds a connection between narrator and audience.
Here are some tips to become a better story-teller:
- Choose the right story
Choose a right story for people who you want as your audience, whether it’s kids, friends, entrepreneurs or other people so that they can understand and enjoy. Don’t just dive into telling any story without thinking.
- Stay focused
It’s very important to focus on what’s important. The most frustrating thing while listening to someone’s story is when they don’t stay on point and deviate from descriptions that have nothing to do with the direction of the story. This makes the story boring.
- Use a confident voice
Even if the content of your story is amazing, it’s of no use if your audience can’t listen to you. Sometimes when you are confident, you prefer to speak slowly so that story could be absorbed by the audience. But don’t speak so slowly that their minds check out of the rooms. Tell your story in a way that’s easy to listen. Don’t talk so fast as if you are trying to win a race.
- Keep your story short
Your story should be short and interesting. Nobody likes to sit through a long story. Sometimes you realize that people aren’t too interested in your story. If people are yawning, checking time again and again, realize that they are not enjoying your story and want you to stop. So try to end as fast as possible before they lose patience.
- Never link two stories
Sometimes while telling a story, people mix other stories and deviate from the main story which makes the listener think where you’re going with your story, if they can even remember what it was about in the first place. Never do that. This deviation can be okay when it’s rare and short, otherwise, it can lose your audience interest.
- Proper eye contact
Make proper eye contact with your listeners. It makes them feel that you are talking to them personally. It also shows how much confidence you have. Proper eye contact is essential to create a personal connection with the audience.
- Easy and calm gestures
Some people are so nervous from inside that they don’t even notice how they are standing or moving. Some people also have the habit of moving their feet at the same place as if they are dancing. Your gestures should be natural and relaxed.
- Never wait for audience reaction
When people have a good story they pause at important parts and wait for the response from the audience. Don’t do this. Even if you know that your next part of the story is going to be really very exciting and deserves a response, you should tell your story as if you aren’t aware of this. Listeners can pick up on it when you wait for their reactions and then they become self-conscious.
- Make sure your story has a good ending
Sometimes storytellers start to tell a story because they think it’s an interesting beginning, but they couldn’t end it properly. It’s awkward when the audience couldn’t understand if you are done with the story or not. So always try to give a good ending to your story.
Being good at storytelling is an important and versatile quality. Keep these tips in mind when you ever get a chance to tell a story to others. Stay focused, and don’t be dull. All the best!