It’s not easy to captivate an audience when you are narrating a story. Nor is it similar to reading a story to them. For an audience to pay attention to you and your story, the first step on your part is to know your story. You cannot simply walk on the stage with a thread of your story. You have to be well aware of what you are going to say, how you will present it and how the story will interest the audience. You need to rehearse your act before going on stage. It may seem childish when I say rehearse the story. However, this is a fact.
Actually, storytelling is a tricky act. The audience must never feel that you are repeating a well-rehearsed story .They need to feel that you are describing each line and each character to them from your heart. You need to be totally involved in your act and get the audience to wait eagerly to hear the rest of the story.
Humor is a great tool to use in a storytelling stage. Do not take out your frustration or anger onto the audience. They have paid to get entertained and to enjoy a great session. So make sure you give them that.
Your story should have a meaningful and proper end. You should not leave your audience wondering what the story was all about as they leave. The story should have a well-planned structure. Vague concepts should be avoided. While writing a story, you may introduce uncertain situations and solve them later on. However while narrating a story, there is not much time to include uncertain elements. You may also forget to bring them up later before the end. This will confuse the audience and they will keep thinking that there is more to the story. The best and interesting way to keep your story simple, catchy and positively structured from the beginning to the end.