How to tell stories

Here we list our how-to series on oral storytelling; though the lessons can just as easily be used in writing.
Each YouTube video in this series has detailed notes on the subject  and on the story used as illustration. See the comments section below each video online.
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How to tell  a story to children or minding mice at a crossroads  

1. The same story, told often, gives young children a certainty with which to measure other experiences in a developing life.

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

3 Children are remarkably resilient and accommodating to a story of terror and mayhem.

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

5 Children know there are demons still lurking about. What they want from the story is assurance that all will be well in the end.

6 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.


How to tell a simple business story

1 Keep your story simple for you may tell it in situations with little time
2 Start with two characters and an issue.
3 The solution is apparent to one; but not to the person with the issue.
4 The focus in the story is the person with the problem, not the problem-solver.
5 The problem is the kernel of the story
6 When all is resolved, add in a kicker that takes the story to a different level.
notes are included beneath the online video.

How to tell a story without spitting feathers

Make sure you do not throw out any dead fish for the cat to chase at the start of the story, and forget about it.
Story point dropped off on the way entices some listeners to linger there to await the lost point.
If that happens, you will arrive in self-proclaimed glory to find your audience awaiting the point of the side-story.
You may then be asked to state what happened to the cat-with-the-fish, that you discarded long ago.
And you may just find yourself spitting silent feathers in an attempted response.
Stick to the point; for that is the point.
The story of Nasreddin the Smuggler is told
notes are included beneath the online video.

How to tell a story that shimmers

A storyteller must see the story dance in the mind’s eye to conjure demons in the peaceful mind of the listener, love in the hardest of hearts and challenge in the mid-day sun.
Included are insights on telling a story that will come alive in the mind’s eye.

The Dream of Aengus is told to demonstrate the points discussed.
notes are included

How to remember a story to tell

Tips and thoughts on remembering a story to tell are provided by storyteller Brendan Nolan in this engaging video on oral storytelling.
Included are insights on storytelling.
Aesop’s Fable The Farmer and his Sons is told to demonstrate the points discussed.
notes are included


Telling stories is easy

How to tell a story shows how easy it is to be a storyteller.
Aesop’s Lion and the Mouse is used for example.
notes are included