Can you tell a good tale? I have always thought being an amazing story teller would be a cool trait to possess. (I’m totally not there yet!) But, I can capture the intent gaze of my kids as I weave together a story. And after all, I have no more important an audience then them.
So (for what it is worth), here are my two cent, Four Tips for Great Storytelling:
* Create Space. When I was in my college public speaking class, I remember the professor describing the trick of creating space. For example, if I am going to talk about the tallest tree I had ever seen, I would actually look up into the air with wide eyes and even lean back a bit. I would be creating the space of the gargantuan tree right before me with my body language. If I was talking about what approached me on the right, I would actually turn my head and look in that direction.
* Use Animated Facial Expressions. Is your hero excited? Widen your eyes and smile. Is he inquisitive? Cock your eyebrows.
* Draw Your Audience in by Asking Questions. Ask your kids things like, “And, do you want to know what happened next?” or “Do you know what they found?” Create interest.
* Learn the Art of the Pause. After you’ve asked them a question, pause. Then lean in and continue as if you’re telling them the most important thing ever.
Whether you’re retelling an age-old tale or making up a story with your kids as the heroes, have fun! They will love your attention and time.