Everyone is a storyteller. Because we are human. We tell our friends and families what happened at work. We tell our colleagues what happened on the way to work. We tell stories.
And we make sense through stories. We are hardwired for it.
But not everyone is a natural Storyteller.
Here are three resources that start to help identify and shape the stories you encounter in organisations.
Once. Then. Then. The story spine.
A couple of years ago, Pixar’s 22 rules for storytelling
The Moth’s 8 Tips
The Moth is a not-for-profit foundation committed to the development of art and craft of storytelling. Amongst their many resources for improving oral storytelling, including videos and podcasts, they have a simple list of 8 tips. These include:
- No essays
- Start in the action
- Have some stakes
Stakes are essential in live storytelling. What do you stand to gain or lose? Why is what happens in the story important to you? If you can’t answer this, then think of a different story. A story without stakes is an essay and is best experienced on the page, not the stage.
Anecdote’s Spotting Oral Stories Infographic
The clever folk at Anecdote have created a useful guide to recognising stories within an organisation.
The following graphic has been created by http://www.anecdote.com