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Guyana Guide Training Some Storytelling Tips Know your audience and choose an age-appropriate story. Make sure the story you choose isn’t too child oriented for adults or too mature for children. Be professional. Begin storytelling with confidence. Acknowledge the audience by smiling and making eye contact. Wait until you have their full attention. Give some background to the story. Where does it take place? What are some details? Help the visitor understand the background to the story you are about to tell. Make sure your audience can see and hear you. Wait until the entire group is assembled. Work as close to them as possible. The sound of your voice is your most important tool. Sometimes waiting until everyone has quit talking will get their attention Use variety in your speech. For example, make your pitch higher to show excitement. Use a long pause to build suspense. Make the tone of your voice deeper to sound like an older or larger person or animal. Use different voices for different characters. A tapir might have a deep, slow voice. An iguana might have a fast, high-pitched voice. The narrator should have yet another voice. Use expression. Do not speak in a monotone. The more familiar you are with the story, the more fluent you sound. Tell the story as naturally as a conversation with a good friend, not labored like when you read something unfamiliar. Try showing an emotion on your face before it comes out of your mouth. For example, open your mouth and eyes wide to show surprise. Use deliberate movements and fill your space. Do not distract your audience with nervous mannerisms such as rocking back and forth, playing with your hair, or leaning against a wall. Do not be glued to one spot. Move in relation to your audience for a desired effect, such as leaning in with your fingers as claws to scare when telling a jaguar story. Your hands are your best friends. Do not put them in your pockets—use them! Develop an appropriate ending to your story. Was there a lesson to teach? Does the story tell about how something in nature happened? Let the audience know (“….and that is why jaguars are black…) the purpose for the story (if appropriate). Thank the audience for listening. Original Source: On-Line Legacy July 6, 2010 Revised for Training 6/2011


Guide Training Document: Storytelling Tips  

Tips to improve your storytelling abilities

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