Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories. Human beings are designed to live by telling and listening to stories. From the earliest beginnings of history, our understanding of the world around us has been passed on through stories. The experience of sharing stories with others bonds and unites communities and cultures. A statement by the National Storytelling Network defines storytelling as an ancient art form and a valuable form of human expression. Because “story” is essential to so many art forms, however, the word “storytelling” is often used in many ways.
Storytelling represents, as such, a distinguished art, the art of telling a story, in which there are six specific elements that exist in any telling:
- the representation of a story
- verbal or semiotic language
- “showing” the story
- usage of actions such as vocalisation, physical movement and/or gesture
- encouragement of the active imagination of the listeners.
With time and practice these specific elements can be improved by any storyteller.
Stories or narratives have been shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and instilling moral values. In your story you usually include a plot, some characters, a part to take place and a precept.
Put it in practice:
Whether you’re telling a joke, telling a fairy tale, or trying to persuade someone with a little empirical evidence, telling a story well is an important skill. While it comes naturally to some, for others this skill is a learned one. Here are the steps you need to take in order to tell your story properly!
- Come up with an idea of the ideal story you want to tell. This time we ask you to share a story related to your mastery. It can be something you have already experienced or something you have already achieved! Create your own plot based on real events. Remind yourself about the place, time frame and people involved-including yourself.
- Choose an audience to narrative to. It can be children, adults, your friends, your class, or anyone you want to inspire.
- Engage your audience. Start your storytelling by interacting with your audience or doing something to grab their attention.
- Build the scene. Throughout your storytelling, you want to create an immersive experience. You want to tell your audience the story in a way that makes them feel like they’re there.
- Build tension and release tension. Of course, the entire arc of a story should be building tension and building tension, until the climactic point in the story and the falling action of the conclusion.
- Focus on what’s important. When telling a story, it is important to include details, to create that sense of immersion. However, you don’t want the story to take on a “rambling” feel. This is why it’s very important to focus on what’s important.
- Keep the flow logical. This is where knowing your story and practicing become important. Tell the story in a way that is logical and flows smoothly.
- Make it feel conclusive. It’s awkward when an audience isn’t sure if you’re done or not, so make the conclusion of your story feel conclusive.
To wright your perfect story, it would be good to make notes, put all your ideas down in a paper and try to combine them all together. That will be a lot easier to make you think and create. Also if you feel like you are stuck and you cannot think of anything, then go outside of the house, sit somewhere and check your notebook. It will definitely inspire you to write a story!
The Self-discovery process – 2 is part of online learning tools for personal and professional development of youth workers. The tool is developed under the project “ACHIEVE” – innovative methods for training and development of youth workers (2016-2-BG01-KA205-023835) funded by European Erasmus + Programme.
This online tool is designed to help you to increase your capacities as a youth worker through personal and professional development. It will lead your process of self-discovery, reflection and self evaluation. It is based on 2 ground-breaking approaches: The Positive Psychology and the Eco-centric development. Both approaches have been tested and proved to be significantly beneficial for older and young people in various areas. They were proven to be supporting both the personal and professional development of individuals by making them feel competent, confident, self-aware, self-motivated, pro-social and active. Moreover, the impact of embracing these 2 approaches has been found to be astonishing especially in the area of learning achievements. These two approaches endorse a holistic method and a new perspective in addressing problems by strengthening the individual to feel good and do good.
The benefits of following the process described in this online tool (by journaling, answering questions, reflecting and experiencing different practices) for you will be:
- Personal impact
- Development of soft skills: communication, active listening, analytical skills, creative thinking, learning to learn, coordination etc.
- Development of positive attitudes: confidence, self-awareness, motivation, proactive and social involvement, active citizenship and participation, increased self-efficacy, grit, resilience etc.
- Increase in life-long learning and strive for continuous personal and professional development.
- Professional impact
- Increase in professional capacities: planning and implementing innovative educational practices, and higher quality work.
- Better addressing the needs of the youth, thus increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your work.
- Better career prospects and higher financial stability.
- New projects and ideas, at local and national level.
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