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Spin Magic Into Your Story And Leave The Audience Stunned

social-media-data-storiesIt’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.

storytelling-300x200Humor 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.

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Learning The Art Of Storytelling

storytellingStorytelling is an ancient art that evolved over hundreds of centuries. In the olden days, storytelling was used to pass down historical tales of ancestors from one generation to the next. In the present world, it is often seen as a way to pass some time and impress your audience. Unfortunately not many people seem to have inherited a knack to be an impressive storyteller.

Here are some guidelines to help improve your storytelling skills and captivate your audience as you weave a story:

Set the context

Introduce the context of the story to your listeners by including details like who, why, when, where and how.

Avoid unimportant tangents

Do not include unnecessary details so that the listeners’ minds do not start wandering away.

Be aware of your audience

The story should not have any content that could potentially humiliate or embarrass any of your listeners.

Embellish a little, but not too much

A little embellishment during telling a story is generally accepted but if you tend to add too much the story will drift further away from what the actual truth.

storyKeep it short

Try to keep the story less than two minutes, as anything longer that can cause your listeners to lose attention and let their minds wander.

Pay attention

Paying attention to your audience while narrating a story can help you pick up little nuances of whether they are comfortable listening to it or not.

While telling stories is a natural art, being a good listener also goes a long way in learning to captivate an audience with your stories.