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<ul><li><p>8/12/2019 6 Engaging Storytelling Techniques</p><p> 1/5</p><p>6 Engaging Storytelling Techniques</p><p>Here is My Secret Storytelling Technique:</p><p>As you probably already know, this site is about the arts of aking funny, interesting andconnection!building con"ersation# $n relations to this, this storytelling ethod is ainly focused</p><p>on enhancing the reader%s ability to use storytelling as yet another tool of aking interestingcon"ersation#</p><p>The ain purpose of telling a story should be to build a connection with the other person in thecon"ersation, this eans that the usual cornerstones in storytelling becoes uniportant, $%thinking of cople&amp; plots, twits and surprising endings# More than e"erything else, the intentionof a story in con"ersation should be to engage people into the con"ersation# This is by far donein the best way with short, pithy stories, so try to keep your stories short and siple, cut oute"erything that a story can be told without# $f you in any way can cut soething out of a storywithout hurting the point of the story, please do so# To any people gi"e way to any detailswhen telling a story in a con"ersation, cople&amp; stories are harder to follow, and factual detailsabout when and where it happen, and further who you were with that they, does not really</p><p>engage the listener, so these details are unnecessary are should thus be left out#</p><p>Here are the 6 building stones of any interesting story#</p><p>Hooking the listener</p><p>'erbally painting the setting</p><p>These techniques would also be great tools to ake it ore interesting:</p><p>(our character</p><p>the )$*!perspecti"e,</p><p>*actions describing words* and then</p><p>end on at least one )relatable feelings*</p><p>Step +: Hooking the listener this paragraph is iportant, so please read carefully-</p><p>$f you read this paragraph carefully, nobody can stop you fro learning one of the ost powerfularketing techniques in the world used today#</p><p>$n y opinion an alost hypnotic arketing technique that is based on "ery basic huanphysiology# $ know it sounds like $% trying to hype soething here, but what you don%t know isthat this arketing secret technique is in fact utili.ed e"ery day, e"ery hour, by ost a/ortele"ision station, newspapers, aga.ines and other edias all o"er the world to ensure thatyou stay tuned in to their channel, hooked to what they ha"e to say# This is what they don%t wantyou to know#</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 6 Engaging Storytelling Techniques</p><p> 2/5</p><p>0kay let%s get on to it, $ won%t bother you with details of how a brilliant scientist stuble upon thisloophole in the huan ind, but what she basically reali.ed was that: $f a person is interruptedin the iddle of soething, they ha"e a really hard tie to get that thing out of their ind untilthey can get back to it and finished it#</p><p>1efore $ re"eal how you can use this technique to basically ha"e the ability to ake anything</p><p>interesting, $ /ust ha"e to tell you one iportant thing# $% going tell a little bit about yself andhow $ learned this arketing secret and how it has changes the way that $ ake con"ersationwith others today# 2ell as so any other $ ha"en%t had the ost happy childhood, y dad left usbefore $ was born and y o was entally ill, so at the age of 3 $ got taken away fro yo and put in an orphanage, $ li"ed for years until one day a foster faily4 5id you see what$ did here$ proised you soething iportant and interesting, and then $ want to tell you aboutsoething else, for how long could $ ha"e been talking about y self and y story before youwould lose interest +7 or aybe 87 inutes This is how this technique work, thecon"ersationalist or tele"ision station- get%s you interested in soething and then theypostpone what e"er you were interested in learning about, by for e&amp;aple inserting coercialright before the ost e&amp;citing oent in a o"ie#</p><p>1ut the sae effect can be created if $ can get you to ask you self a question after hearing )ahook line*#</p><p>$n away )The hook 9ine* should tell your )audience* e&amp;actly )what they will take away fro whatyou are about to say* or )why should they listen to it*</p><p>A bit abstract 9et e gi"e you a couple e&amp;aples of great hook lines:</p><p>)Maybe you can relate to this4* ;reat opener for any story#)$% considering to tell you about the ost ebarrassing oent of y life4 8 really good e&amp;aples of )hook lines* that $use e"eryday:</p><p>$ don%t know if you ha"e e"er tried this4$ don%t know how you feel about this4$ don%t know if you can relate to this4$% interested in learning4$ don%t know how you think about4$ don%t know if this is true4$ a going to tell you soething about yourself4</p><p>$ don%t know if $ should say this, $ probably shouldn%t4H aybe you can tell e if $% wrong4$ don%t know if you ha"e e"er considered this4Maybe you feel like this4$ ha"e ne"er4Maybe you had this e&amp;perience4$ don%t know if you are a ??!person4$ can see you &amp;&amp; @f Style-, so assue you are creati"e person4Maybe you ha"e had this feeling4</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 6 Engaging Storytelling Techniques</p><p> 3/5</p><p>A $ wrong45o you think this is true42ouldn%t you like to learn this4Ha"e you e"er had this feeling4(ou scare e here%s why4$ don%t know if you ha"e tried this4</p><p>$ don%t know how you feel about this4$ don%t know if you can relate to this4$% interested in learning4$ don%t know how you think about4$ don%t know if this is true4$ a going to tell you soething about yourself4$ don%t know if $ should say this, $ probably shouldn%t4Blease tell e if you think $% wrong about this4$ don%t know if you ha"e e"er considered this4Maybe you feel like this4$ ha"e ne"er4Maybe you had this e&amp;perience4</p><p>$ don%t know if you are a ??!person4$ can see you &amp;&amp; &amp;&amp; @ Style-, so assue you are creati"e person4Maybe you ha"e had this feeling4</p><p>A $ wrong45o you think this is true42ouldn%t you like to learn this4Ha"e you e"er had this feeling4(ou scare e4</p><p>! 1y Markus Ellek</p><p>(ou can enhance the pulling effect of these *hook sentences* by not sounding too deterined totell your story# Make the feel that it%s a possibility that you ight hold it back if they are notreally interested# Tease your listeners a bit, ake the ask you to tell you story# A great hookline creates curiosity and build anticipation#</p><p>Step 8: 'erbally painting the setting</p><p>My best ad"ice to you here is to keep the description to a bare iniu# E&amp;aple:</p><p>*$ was in a ta&amp;i cab#*</p><p>)$ was in the bathtub*That%s enough inforation# The listeners already get it#</p><p>(ou don%t need to tell that it were in a "ery clean ta&amp;i cab on in the centu of london on a rainyTuesday# That%s too uch irrele"ant inforation that /ust test the listeners )patience* and fill upthe story with words that doesn%t really akes it ore interesting or engaging# So, Ceep thesetting inforation to the bare iniu, if you can try to describe it with a&amp;iu of fi"ewords, /ust enough to gi"e Dwalls% to your story#</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 6 Engaging Storytelling Techniques</p><p> 4/5</p><p>The key point that $% trying to underline here is that storytelling is not about the "erbaldescription, it%s far ote about your perforance#</p><p>Step : Fsing your character#</p><p>Gon"ersation is ore interesting when you act out whate"er you are talking about, this</p><p>especially applies to storytelling#</p><p>Another really iportant factor that akes con"ersation and especially personal storiesinteresting is that you tell the story or ake the con"ersation fro the $!perspecti"e# 2hen youuse %$!perspecti"e% it gi"es you a natural opportunity to act out your story# ote that in relation totalking fro the )$!perspecti"e* any begin to use other eupheiss such as the word Dyou%,this water down the story because now you are telling it fro the )th!person!perspecti"e* andthus it%s not as engaging#</p><p>To reali.e the power of talking fro the $!perspecti"e, please re"iew the following 8 e&amp;aple ofdialogues and then decide which of the you find ore interesting#</p><p>)5on%t you /ust lo"e riding a bicycle# (ou know when you pedal uphill through South East9ondon you can see all the lea"es changing colors this tie of year, aking a pit stop at theposh tea shops# (ou can then eet fascinating people#*</p><p>'ersus this##</p><p>)$ lo"e riding y bike# $ pedal uphill through South East 9ondon ! $ notice the lea"es changecolors at this tie of year, it ake e feel happy# $ pit stop at the tea shops witch $ find poshand eet fascinating people there#*</p><p>$n y oppinion the second e&amp;aple is far ore engaging to the listener, wicth akes it easier torelate to# The reason for this is because it has a consistent character throughout the entire</p><p>store, and thus the listener slips easier into the iagination of the storyteller#</p><p>Step &gt;# Fsing Actions 5ecribing 2ords#</p><p>Fse action words#</p><p>$ IFMBE5 o"er##$ 2A9CE5##$ 1E5 502$ 9$JTE5##$ TFKE5##$ 2ET TH0F;HT##</p><p>$ STFJJE5 it into y##</p><p>Step L: Make you story super engaging with action words# Action word help the story slip easierinto the listeners iagination#</p><p>$ walked rapidly around the corner, a girl turned in front of e to stop e, she was attracti"e soreached up with hand and placed it on her neck, She siled so $ pulled her in and kissed hercute kissable lips# Her boyfriend saw it and cae o"er to kick y but#</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 6 Engaging Storytelling Techniques</p><p> 5/5</p><p>end of scene-</p><p>5o you see how this how engaging this story is copared to how bad the plot or story is Actionword akes soething ore iaginati"e#</p><p>Step 6: 5escribe your characters eotional reaction to each scene#</p><p>$ walked rapidly around the corner, a girl turned in front of e to stop e, she was attracti"e soreached up with hand and placed it on her neck, She siled so $ pulled her in and kissed hercute kissable lips# Her boyfriend saw it and cae o"er to kick y but#</p><p>4$ felt EM1AKKASSE5 and JK$;HTEE5 i had to get out of their#</p><p>TH$S $S $MB0KTAT like it any o"ie you%ll e"er see, it is the eotional reaction of thecharacters in the storycon"ersation in this case you- that akes the listeners relate to hi andthus they feel they are on his or her side# This is really essential knowledge when you try to</p><p>build a connection whit a person#</p><p>Here is how you tell a interesting and engaging story:</p><p>Keali.e that a single scene as described abo"e- can ake up for a whole storyNN Ceep it assiple as possible, though if you need to tell a longer story you can siply stack scenes uponeach other until the story reaches the end where there is a burst of eotions or change inconte&amp;t#</p></li></ul>