· Truthful: Is this my own story, or am I relating someone else’s, ensuring I give credit to the original source?
· Take away message: Do I have a clear, concise message/point to make from my story?
· Trigger: Do I trigger curiosity, interest, mental involvement at the start of a story by asking a question, using a quotation or making a profound statement?
· Tension: Do I introduce the conflict in my story early and build the tension to hold my audience’s interest, having them anxious to hear the resolution?
· Tangible technique: Do I have tangible, doable technique to offer my audience in order for them to act upon the message?
· Timely pauses: Are they timed appropriately giving them time to ponder a point or laugh at something funny? Or do I trample on their thoughts and laughs by never pausing?
· Tone: Is my tone of voice in sync with the words I speak, my facial expressions, my body language?
· Touch base: Do I create moments to touch base with the audience through rhetorical questions?
· Touch hearts: Do I realize that people are moved to action, intellectually but more so emotionally and therefore I tell stories that have emotions to which audiences can relate?
· Take, don’t tell: Do I use many of the above techniques to bring them into my story and thereby take them with me throughout the story?
Join me next month when we look at the letter "U" as it relates to another storytelling skill.