Telling Stories

Telling stories is a part of human nature. We have all grown up hearing stories from our parents, relatives or friends.

Stories can help you convey your point or purpose in a very powerful and impactful way, whether you are interacting with children or adults, at home or in a meeting, presentation or training.

Tell a story when extra emphasis is needed. A well told story will remain in the mind of your audience for a long long time even if they forget everything else that you might have told them. A story is capable of evoking a strong emotional reaction from your listeners. It is easier to relate to, to learn from and imbibe.

So, go ahead and use stories to make your meetings, presentations and programs memorable and impactful.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind

  • The story’s message should be relevant to the audience
  • Keep the story, short, sweet and simple
  • Concentrate on communicating, not performing
  • Develop your own style
  • Enjoy the telling: if you don’t, your audience wont.
  • Practice, wherever and whenever you can
  • Use your voice, language, body, gestures, and movements to narrate the story
  • Limit the use of too many personal anecdotes

Here are two links to some interesting and inspiring Zen stories that you can use.

http://www.101zenstories.com/

http://www.rider.edu/~suler/zenstory/zenstory.html

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