Storytelling 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.
Keep 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.
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.
Inspiring a child to write can often seem like a difficult task. The right encouragement might help them to enjoy writing as a creative outlet. Letting the child choose a subject of their choice goes a long way to fire up their enthusiasm for writing. Some tips to help motivate them are:
Find an online audience
Setting up a blog for your kid gives them an opportunity to write for a real audience can make them more engaged with the writing process. If they seem to be at a loss about what to write on, try to prod them towards writing about family events like birthdays, holidays, and celebrations and so on. Slowly this will build up their confidence and enable to write about different topics.
Support a cause
If your child already supports a particular cause, they can write about it as well. Getting children involved with their favorite causes through writing can help them unlock their creative talents.
Use games to get them writing
Children can be encouraged to write about their favorite games like Minecraft, Mario and so on. They can reviews about their favorite games or even write instructions on how to play them.
Try not to restrict the child to any particular format while writing, there are many genres writing; you never know which one your child will excel in.
Who doesn’t like hearing stories? Given a choice, anyone, adult or child alike will opt to listen to a story rather than hear a boring lecture. Stories have a magical power invested in them. They have the power to draw out human emotions. People cry, laugh, experience fear, pain, love and anger when they listen to a story. Everyone reacts differently to a story. They relate the story to something connected to their own lives. The best part of a story is that no matter how small it is or how big it is, some parts of the story will always be retained in your mind. This concept can be used in teaching children too. If you want them to really listen to a concept, try including a story to describe the lesson. It may be a real life story or an imaginary one.
Children have very creative minds. They will create pictures of the story and memorise it without even trying. The storytelling need not be from the teacher’s side only. Ask kids to narrate similar stories which they know. The class becomes a creative, interesting and fun place which they will all love. When listening to a story, children automatically focus on the details .This is understood very clearly when they begin to ask questions about the story. They will keep you on your toes until you give them satisfying answers. Even the most reluctant students will actively participate in the storytelling sessions.
A story will bring out the imaginative and colorful pictures stored in a child’s mind. Mixed with a bit of learning concepts from a lesson, the story delivered to students will be an unforgettable experience. Through storytelling children will develop their listening skills as well. Wrap the lesson in a wonderful story cover and take the children away into a world they will love and remember forever.