THE ART OF STORYTELLING

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.