How to become the best storyteller of the world

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Geschichtenerzähler Björn Nonhoff in the desert of dubai

In the following article, you get tips and inspiration to become a good storyteller. The tips are ordered in the relevance of the tips.
Make a lot of experiments with them. Courage to find your own journey, your style. Your life is your story. Be ready to write it.

Get feedback on your storytelling

A good deal is to receive feedback. So go out and ask for it. Learning and improving is a basic routine to sharpen your storyteller skills and stories.  Ask good friends and professionals to support you. Ask them about how the stories touched their ear. Ask them what else they recognize when you were performing.

All of you can be sensed. Get used to it. Be aware. And connect with yourself as with ground below and sky abowe.
Get transparent in your goals. Write them down. Measure them. Do some regular retrospectives every month or time, so you recognize where to learn, what to develop, where to courage the next steps. Beside all information from the outside trust in your self. So you need to get into an honest and valuing discussion with you. Get an inner team of specialists supporting you and listen to their voices. An example would be a director, an ancient storyteller, your beloved grandmum, some children, and adventurer, Disney, Dalai Lame. Let them all take part in your inner team meetings and invite them supporting you on your way to be a good storyteller.

These questions support you in developing to a great storyteller

The best answers you find in yourself, so you will be inspired to give an answer  yourself the following questions:
What makes you the greatest storyteller in the world?
What is your next step which may get you there?
What gets in your way of being the greatest storyteller in the world?
What do I sense when I read the best storyteller of the world?
What do I want to be and is really important for me?
Who will support you on your journey?
Whom will you support and how?
What will your friends say after you are mentioned as the best storyteller?
Who will be with you?
Are there people you may take care of when your journey starts?
Whom will your success affect?
When and how do you recognize, your aim is reached?
What comes then?
What is the most important detail in that story?
What do you like the most?
What are the biggest fears and the most challenging facts you are facing?
What is the little next step you take?
When have you taken the next three steps ?

Choose the stories wisely

As preparation know what you gonna do and why. The clearer you are, the more easy it is to get your story on the stage.
What do you like to tell?
Know your public and focus on your key messages.
Make it understandable. Clear.
Use all your strengths and possibilities to transport the story. Practice changing medium in preparation.
Do you like to be entertaining? What is your motivation?
What do you like to reach in the listener?
How do you check that you succeded?
What does the story do to your self?
You as a listener love to…?

Transport Emotions

Stories are transmitting emotions. So you should experience and play the emotions of the story with all of your heart and body. Make breaks, set your breath breaks wise, silence is a wonderful emphasizer of emotions when you learn to put it in the right place. 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 storytellers 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 storylines. 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.
Before you perform or tell a story or poem. You have to walk with it in your heart.

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. The best storyteller of the world have practised and learned a lot and frequently.

Settle the stage

The performance is starting when your first say yes to the gig. Everything that is happening comes into it. So be friendly and collaborate with the people on your way to that special stage. Listen to your intuition and take the steps which are the ones you want to take.

Use your props wisely

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.

For me, personal the best storyteller of the world can perform at any place at any time and will find a suitable way to tell his story.

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.

Feedback – constant learning – it is a journey

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 goodbye at the door to see the public leaving the theatre. They also do this to offer the chance of feedback. Do not react. Sometimes it hurts. But sometimes 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 an insight of what your performance meant for the listeners. There are many ways to get feedback. After that make a choice if it is helpful for you, and how or if you will take the issues into consideration.


Good Luck on your way of getting a great storyteller – becoming the greatest storyteller of the world


Björn Nonhoff, storyteller since 1990, the best storyteller of the world since now.