Friday, February 22, 2008

Improving your story telling by Doug Lipman

Improving your story telling by Doug Lipman teaches you techniques that you can follow to tell powerful stories.

Key takeaways from the book are:

  1. Many storytellers are less effective than they could be, simply because they try to apply written-language concepts to the oral language of story telling.
  2. In a book, the reader who forgets whether the story began in a specified year can at worst, turn to the opening page to reread them. A story listener, however has no way to “rewind” except in her memory
  3. No two story tellers will tell the same story identically. No two audience members will hear the story in the same way.
  4. Different ways of creating vivid imagery are - visual, auditory, kinesthetic (touch), verbal and smell. 
  5. The listener has no second chance to hear what was said previously. The oral story teller must rewind the listeners wherever the term or character is mentioned. 

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