Key takeaways from the book are:
- 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.
- 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
- No two story tellers will tell the same story identically. No two audience members will hear the story in the same way.
- Different ways of creating vivid imagery are - visual, auditory, kinesthetic (touch), verbal and smell.
- 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.