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May 04, 2014

Telling Good Stories

Everybody likes - and learns from - a good story. Storytelling is basic to every human culture, but...

...not everyone can do it well.

Here is a series of TED Talks wrapped around the best story telling strategies - https://www.ted.com/playlists/62/how_to_tell_a_story?utm_content=awesm-publisher&utm_source=direct-on.ted.com&utm_medium=on.ted.com-facebook-share&utm_campaign=&awesm=on.ted.com_j0D3w.

Personal story telling is not really so different from professional story telling, in fact a full length film is actually very close to the structure of a simple joke.

The introduction, usually the first two or three minutes, of a film, is very similar to the 'set-up' of a joke, the story line (or plot) of a film is parallel to the development of a joke and the conclusion of a film does essentially (especially if it is a climactic or surprise ending) the same task as the punchline of a joke.

Just to clarify, a well-told story has a memorable, concise opening, an emphasis on telling, relevant details and a clear and satisfying conclusion.

And one more thing - a story should have a short introductory theory or idea to introduce it and a much larger emphasis on concrete details that demonstrate your point.

Pay attention to how jokes, movies and stories are organized, your story telling (and your appreciation of others' stories) will improve dramatically.


Posted by mmorf at May 4, 2014 09:12 PM


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