This is one of my all time favorite videos on storytelling. It’s not only entertaining it is extremely informative and inspiring.
(side note – there are swear words in this talk – one within the first 2 minutes – so if you are in the room with your kids put your headphones on!)
Some great quotes from this talk:
“Storytelling is joke telling. It’s knowing your punch line, your ending. Knowing that everything you are saying from the first sentence to the last is leading to a singular goal.”
“The audience actually wants to work for their meal, they just don’t want to know that they are doing that. That’s your job as a story teller is to hide the fact that you are making them work for their meal… it’s this well organized absence of information that draws us all in.”
“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty” – William Archer
“Use what you know. Draw from it. It doesn’t always mean plot or fact. It means capturing a truth from your experiences. Expressing values you personally feel deep down to your core.”