Workshop booked out.

How to tell your own story

The first of our three story workshops for Fingal County Council for Heritage Week on August 22, 2017, booked out the day before.

At that point, there were still some places left on the other workshops in:
Rush library on Wednesday August 23, at 6.30pm


Baldoyle branch library on Thursday August 24, at 6.30pm

How to tell a story to children or minding mice at a crossroads

One of the greatest of pleasures in storytelling is telling stories to children.

It is also the most challenging.

Many children like to hear the same story, often, for it gives them a certainty with which to measure other experiences in a developing life.

Others like to hear new stories, so long as they follow a well-recognised pattern of calm, challenge, danger, and challenge overcome.

If there are four mice at a crossroads to begin with, then there should be four mice accounted for at story’s end. Children are remarkably resilient and accommodating to a story of terror and mayhem.

Our human DNA recalls a time when dark shadows that danced beyond the campfire were really trying to eat us.

Children know there are demons still lurking about.

What they want from the story is assurance that all will be well in the end.

The demon will be vanquished or an alternative way home shown, where demons do not await.

And that someone knows where the mice are now.

Telling a business story simply.

The video tutorial is online now at YouTube
And is posted on its own page on this site for you to watch.

Please share it, if you like it, and subscribe yourself to the channel to be automatically updated every time a new video in the How-to-tell-a-story video series.
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People remember a story well told. Start simply, with just two characters. A person with an issue and the person that solves it is sufficient to attract attention. Set the scene… there was this problem… Find the turning point in your story. The solution was apparent to one person, not the other, at first.

The insights in this video by professional storyteller and workshop facilitator, Brendan Nolan can be applied to any organisation where a story will be remembered long after a brilliant PowerPoint presentation has long faded from the memory.

Please leave any comments you might have, above, by clicking reply.

Thank you.

How not to have a moment of panic when telling stories.

Our latest video is up on YouTube as of now.
And it’s included on the matching storytelling page.
How to tell a story without spitting feathers

Be humble and tell well.

Most importantly: stick to the story. People especially do not want to hear your personal opinion on the story subject.

Who cares?

For if you are telling correctly then people are listening to the story and not to the teller any more. Don’t add in side-stories and forget about them. If that happens, you will arrive at the end of your story to find your audience awaiting the point of the side-story that you’ve forgotten all about. And you may just find yourself spitting silent feathers in an attempted response. Stick to the point; for that is the point.

Happy storytelling

Shimmer like a Storyteller

Our video on Telling Stories that Shimmer is online now

To tell a story well we as storytellers must see the story dance in the mind’s eye.

For a storyteller conjures demons in the peaceful mind of the listener, love in the hardest of hearts and challenge in the mid-day sun.

Where a mirage shimmers in the heat of a desert, tantalising images dance away in the heat.

A pair of footsteps intermingling on a snowy path can suggest lovers on their enchanted way. How wondrous the exuberance of new love recently discovered.

Tell it out for us all to hear. Make goosebumps tingle on  our skin as we listen.

A storyteller’s mind must dance to create the reality of imagination.

A storyteller must see the mirage, meet the demon, embrace the lovers. She must exhaust herself, so as to exhaust her co-conspirators in story.

Listeners must be worn out, as much as the teller is spent in creating an oasis for thirsty travellers in a land of wonder.

For then has a story been told.

New how-to page opened

In the interest of clarity.
As the series of how-to videos on storytelling grows on this  site, a special sub-page in the videos section has been created for the how-to storychats.
Each video is posted to our YouTube channel and contains detailed notes in the comments section of each posted video.
If there are questions you have on any aspect of storytelling, please add a comment in the reply to section above.

Remembering a story

Our video on remembering a story is now online.

The secret to being a good storyteller is to be a good listener.
For storytellers listen with intent, for they know they will tell this story at another time.

In your telling, try to excite in your listener something of the wonder you felt when you first heard the story.

In telling a new story do not try to copy the way you heard it from someone else, for you are a storyteller, and not a mimic.
Instead, remember the story: what happed to whom, where, and, at what time; in what season? Every storyteller drapes a story in their own imagined cloth of narrative

Tell in your own way and in your own voice.
For you are a storyteller.
And your story is everything.

If you wish, you can write out a rough presentation.
Include everything you want to say.
Then review the draft.
Say it aloud.
Listen for cadence and meaning and possible awkwardness in telling.
Check the story is consistent and flows smoothly. If in doubt leave it out.

Or, write down the points of your story.
Seven points including opening and closing are enough.
Then add in detail to each.
Form the material into sentences to match the points. And the story grows from there in your mind and in your telling.

Telling stories is easy

We’ve added a new video to the page Telling Stories is Different.
It includes some thoughts on telling to children and a six sentence breakdown of the video’s content.
The video is also posted on Youtube for viewing along with our other story videos.
We will make and add videos to most of the pages on this site as we go along to enhance your experience as an interested visitor.
As always, your insight is welcomed and any comment you care to make will be read with interest.


Telling commemorations

wreathLaying316 (3)We’ve added a new page on telling story for commemorations when received memory does not always coincide with others’ perceived facts.
The centenary year of 1916 in Ireland held many challenges for the storyteller weaving a careful path through sincerely-held beliefs on all sides.