The function of telling your story

000248The advantage of using a good storyteller in your work
The following words from ‘The Art of the Storyteller’ by Beverley Mathias, say it all:

“Storytellers are the direct medium between the story and the audience, able to change pace, alter or explain a difficult point, dramatize or play down an event, according to the needs of those listening.”

I will use stories to …
bring issues into the open,
raise questions and
expand your listener’s understanding.

I tell stories to …
extend your audiences’ thoughts on real or imagined worlds,
stimulate your listeners’ creative imagination,
create an appetite for words, and
introduce the shared activity of storytelling – from author or teller to audience”.

Stories ‘travel’ in books, vids. and podcasts but more effectively, in person, so get ready to share tales face-to-face.

I’ll help you
I welcome all new opportunities to author, illustrate and use stories at events and informal get-togethers. Contact me and tell me about your intended audience – their age range, interests and listening experience.

Grant’s a natural. I wouldn’t hesitate booking him for any storytelling” (Graham Langley)

“Thank you for the beneficial effect your course has had on the whole of the administration department. The staff are more committed and positive in their approach to their daily tasks, the whole atmosphere in the department has improved 1000%” — Ms.K.C. Cole, Head of Admin / Systems Manager, Washwood Heath School, Birmingham.

See also:
BookBod Storytelling
Whose Book Is It Anyway

Doing a Mind Map

When Lesley Morrissey visited The HoBB, she introduced me to mindmapping as a handy tool and now I use mindmaps regularly to  remember stories whilst on stage.
During live storytelling events, I have used props, sticky pad notes, images, word cards and conventional lists, but when my brain has to hold hundreds and even thousands of story threads, it helps me to see a ‘map’ of the whole woven story whilst performing it – a map which includes links, associations and key points.
Mind maps are there to remind me of the bare story bones as I work with audiences to branch out and elaborate on plots. And as every project has its own story, mind maps come in especially useful when organisations need to communicate involved issues over a short time.
Here are four mind maps I produced with the help of friends and volunteers for a local community group: