Nine No-no’s in Storytelling
1. Telling a false or untrue story, or someone else’s story that you tell as your own,thus instilling audience’s doubt, deception and denial of you as a credible authority on the topic.
2. Taking a long time to get into the body or conflict of the story and losing them before you even get into your story.
3. Telling a story with too many characters, events, scenes creating audience’s boredom, lack of interest and losing them in the details… ‘condense to connect’ (C.Valentine)… condense time, scenes, events, dialogue to make it shorter and clearer for your audience and hold their interest… state only what is necessary to drive your point home.
4. Telling a story with no message, keeping the audience wondering why you are telling this story, what’s in it for them, and consequently, losing them.
5. Telling a story in narration sounding like a report and not create a balance between narration and dialogue; when using dialogue, once again, condense it to drive the emotional truth home in a concise precise take away message so it can be remembered and repeated when listeners have to make future life decisions.
6. Telling a story with no emotional change in a character (D.LaCroix) making it appear as a documentary… listeners must hear and see a positive emotional shift in a character for them to want to take action themselves; demonstrate non-verbal body language in re-living those shifts.
7. Telling a story and never touching base with your audience by interjecting reflection questions with pauses for them to ponder on their own life situations, obstacles, struggles.
8. Telling a story and leaving unanswered questions in the minds of the audiencecausing them to remain stuck at that point in your story and not move on with you.
9. Telling a story without creating different physical scenes on the platform confusing the audience re where and when an event took place.
Well, dear speaking colleague, of the above nine no-no’s in Storytelling, which ones do you still need to adopt and nurture to become a masterful storyteller? Can you think of other no-no’s that you see speakers use and therefore create a disconnection with their audiences?
Join me next month when we discuss the letter O as it relates to yet another storytelling skill!
Best speaking ever in 2013!