Here is the final instalment of our ‘Do’s and Don’ts of storytelling for beginners…
9. Keep a note of how long each story takes (I know it will vary slightly each time but it will only be slightly). Having the timings of each story makes it much easier later on when you are putting together a selection of tales in situations where you have a set time limit.
10. Do try to acknowledge your source whenever you can (sometimes you may not know it but you can at least say where you read or heard it).
11. Don’t assume that stories have a beginning, middle and an end. Leaving a story hanging in mid-air allows the listeners to imagine the outcome for themselves rather than forcing a prescribed ending on them.
12. Try introducing dialogue to make the story more ‘immediate’
13. Always have a spare (but equally well-rehearsed) story up your sleeve whenever you are telling.
This is for two reasons:
A) There is nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you hear someone else tell the tale you were planning to tell.
B) There is nothing better than that euphoric feeling when you tell a tale so well that they ask you to do another one!
And finally…the most important rule:
14. Enjoy yourself!