One of my best storytelling techniques is using specific details and word color. Both of these make a story come to life. The audience wants to feel that they are with you in the story.
Details are one of the most important aspects of telling a good story. First decide what details are important to the point you want to make. The details are what brings your story to life but you don’t want to overdo it either. We all know someone who loves to tell every single detail when they are telling a story, and as listeners we may think, Get to the point already! You need to have details about the important points, but not everything. What aspect of the story is important to describe? Is it the location, a person, an event or an emotion? Think this through and jot down the highlight details that will enhance your story.
We established that details bring your story to life. Now we can use word color to bring your details to life. Instead of saying, “She sat in the chair”, we can add dimension and color to the sentence by rephrasing it and saying, “She plopped in the chair” or “she slithered in the chair”. We can then emphasize our verbs ‘plopped’ and ‘slithered’ by exaggerating the word to sound like the action itself. For example, “She slittthhherrreedd in the chair.” Writers carefully choose every word they use for a reason, but as speakers we also need to carefully craft our stories by how we say our words.
“People may not remember what you said, they may not remember what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel” Wise words from author Maya Angelou proves that having strong storytelling techniques will do more than just tell a story, it will move people.
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