Elements For Effective Storytelling

Storytelling is becoming a lost art and this is such a shame.  Telling a story can give as much joy to the teller as it does to the audience.  Group of Elementary Pupils In ClassroomWhether you are telling a tale to your own little one or to a class of 30, it can be daunting but as with all new skills, practice is the key. Here are five elements that may help to make your journey into storytelling slightly easier.

1. Be yourself.

Don’t make it more difficult by trying to emulate somebody else’s style. Find your own style and become comfortable with it.

2. Talk to your audience.

Rather than talking at your audience, make them feel part of the action.  Involve them and help them to become a part of the story. This is especially important when telling stories in the classroom.  When children are engaged they are learning.  It also means they are involved in the story and not misbehaving!

3. Speak clearly.

Try using different tones and volume in your voice.  Lacking in confidence may mean that you speak in a quiet voice so you can’t be heard properly.  Speaking in monotone will send your audience to sleep – there may be a time and place for this though!

4. Take your time.

Speak slowly and give your audience time to appreciate the story.  Let them laugh.  Give them time for anticipation.  It can feel very strange in the beginning to speak slowly but It is very easy to speak too fast and unintelligibly. 

5. Be comfortable.

If cushions on the floor work for you, that’s fine.  Standing gives you the opportunity to move about or maybe a chair is all you need.  It’s your choice. If you need to, use props to help you feel more secure.

Telling a story should be an enjoyable experience.  If it stresses you out don’t do it! 

Please leave a comment below about your storytelling experience. It would be lovely to hear from you.