Storytelling is joke telling, it’s knowing your punch line, the ending before you start. It’s knowing that everything you say from the first to the last sentence is leading to a singular goal.

Andrew Stanton

Storytelling is an art form.

Storytelling is an art form. Over the years I have been taught, shown and researched how to deliver a memorable narrative. I have read articles, spoken to subject matter experts and watched loads of short videos. Learning and doing are really important for me to fully understand a concept. As I tell my kids sharing is caring, so here are my thoughts, with a little help from Andrew Stanton, on the art of storytelling.

How Do I Do It?

When planning what I am going to say I always ask myself two questions. Firstly, what message or messages do I want my audience to take away. Secondly, what is the last few minutes of my presentation going to look like. All I then need to do is work out how my narrative will answer those two questions.

My Presentation.

I begin one of my presentation telling my audience that I try to live my life in a certain way. I explain that I wake up in the morning and take a look at myself in the mirror. A conscious decision is made to live my life as a thank you. A pact with myself if you will. There is a caveat, I’m not perfect, I try to live with this in mind thisI’m not always perfect.

Why do I do this?

Well you’ll have to watch one of my presentations to fully understand why not check out my TEDx Talk. I end my presentation with a clearer explanation on why I what to live my life as a thank you. This takes a few minutes to explain, but it acts as a summary as well. This makes it much easier to talk, I know where I’m starting and how I’m getting to the end of my speech.

My Aim.

So what is may aim? My aim to take my audience on a journey. I want them to understand how I made sense of what happened to me as a result of my injuries. It would be easy to have concentrated on the negative, but I don’t want my storytelling to me sad or depressing. It wouldn’t be good for my audience and it certainly wouldn’t do me any good either, also it wouldn’t be a true reflection of my journey either. I want my audience to be inspired, uplifted and to find my presentation humorous. I want them to walk away and maybe make some adjustments in their life.

How To Create Your Story.

Who are you?

I’m sure there a hundred ways to tell a story. The following works well as a starter for ten. You need a main character, a problem or set of problems and how they arose. Then you need a solution to the problem and how the character completed their journey. Below is a brilliant video, I learned a great deal from watching it over and over again. Andrew Stanton, who created Toy Story and WALL-E, shares what he knows about storytelling. Enjoy his joke in the first few minutes. It is a bit rude, so watch out.

Lastly, I try to include some of the books which have helped me at the end of an article. I hope they are of some use.