Anyone who knows me well knows that - in all honesty - I’m not very good at telling stories.
Now, I’d like to qualify this a little since - yes - I’m aware that I’m making a career as both a writer and a performer, which are both types of professional storytelling. And when I can provide a narrative in such a structured, prepared, and well-crafted way, I feel totally confident delivering an engaging story.
But as for more pedestrian, real-life stories? It’s been a struggle.
It was first pointed out to me about five years ago when someone turned to me and said:
“Yeesh. I hope you’re a better writer than storyteller!”
Ouch. Harsh, Gretch.
But it was true! I have always loved telling anecdotes from life, particularly the funny or really out-there ones, but I tend to hold my tongue these days because I know that my stories tend not to land.
So I’ve worked on it. I’ve researched (cuz it’s me) how to tell a good oral story and what makes this craft different from a written story, and I think I’ve improved greatly. Huzzah!
But why am I bringing this up now?
Well, if this summer taught me one thing only (and it taught me waaaaay more than that), it’s that people of all walks of life respond to nothing as well as they respond to a good story.Read More