How to become a great storyteller
Storyteller Björn Nonhoff in the desert of dubai
In the following article you will get tips and ispiration to be a great storyteller.
The tips are ordered in the relevance of the tips.
Choose the stories wisley
What do you like to tell. Know your public and focus on your key message. It should be entertaining.
Stories are transmitting emotions. So you should have and play the emotions of the story. Make breaks, set your breath wise, use your whole voice and body to increase and play with the emotions. Is this a sad part, is it a more dangerous scene. How do you like to set the emotions on the stage. Find your strength and personal style to do so. See what works.
Tell your stories by heart
There are not many story tellers which performances grow better when they read from paper or a book. Sometimes you may need it, but your full attention
can be on the story and on your audience when you tell your stories by heart. So learn the story lines. Learn the words. And be free to improvise on the situations.
You have to know the key actions, key sentences and so on. But there is no need to keep every word the same.
Often it is more important to look your public into the eyes than to remember each and every word.
Practice – practice – practice
To grow better and better it is important to practice. Practice with friends. Practice on your own. And of cause practice on stage with real public. Try different locations. Try different stories. Make interviews before and after the performance. See what works out. Retrospect with good friends and professionals on your show and on your ideas.
Settle the stage
The performance is starting when your first say yes to the gig. Everything what is happening comes into it. So be friendly and collaborate with the people on your way to that special stage. Listen to your initiution and take the steps which are the ones you want to take.
Use your props wiseley
The props you take with you on stage should connect to your performance and the stories. Play around with them and be minimalistic. Mostly you do not need a lot of props. So choose them wisely and test, if the performance is more powerful with them. Remember your courage, your voice, your love and your stories together with your public are the most powerful props around.
It is all about timing
The best here is to write your own success story. How you became the great storyteller you aimed to be. You will learn about your motivation and your challenges and how you managed them. Take yourself 13 minutes time and start writing your success story.
You get a lot of feedback, When you tell the story you can feel how deep it reaches its listeners. The different kinds of reaction during the performance. The applause. What people tell you after the show. Some great performers say good bye at the door to see the public leaving the theater. They also do this to offer the chance of feedback. Do not react. Sometimes it hurts. But somtimes that is the tip or idea which improves you and your show. So be open to it. You can also ask friends to make little prepared interviews with your public so you get insight of what your performance meant for the listeners. There are many ways to get the feedback. After that make a choice if it is helpful for you, and how or if you will take the issures into consideration.
Good Luck on your way of getting a great storyteller
Björn Nonhoff, storyteller since 1990