Bringing Stories Alive
express feelings
  • voice - especially tone, volume, speed, rythym
  • face - eyes, mouth, smile, frown, grimace
  • body - expansive, contracted, tight, loose, hands
develop characters
  • little human details
  • have your characters speak - what did they say? how?
  • what did or do they do? habits? clothes?
develop settings
  • paint a picture with words as characters move through setting
  • sounds, smells, colours, textures, temperature
  • details that help the listener feel like they are 'there'
  • tell with the fresh eyes of the outsider but the wisdom of the insider

use props sparingly or create them with mime or your words

variety of pace, volume, pitch

sound effects, repetition, rhymes

tell your own version of the story - put yourself in the story

keep any problem or tension in the story

involve audience - meet their energy,

satisfy their curiosity, take them on a journey

have fun - enjoy telling the story so your audience can enjoy listening

have a satisfying ending, a resolution, to your story

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