Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Performance Tricks to Choose The Right Details In a Story

A good storyteller enriches their content with dramatic, vivid details. A weak storyteller bores the audience by loading them down with details that lead nowhere. Choosing the right details is a mystery to many...

Perspective Is a Key to Effective Storytelling

In a Storytelling workshop, I was asked a question about how often the same story can be told. At first, it seems like a somewhat silly question. I mean, who wants to hear, let...

Master the 5 Rules for Better Stories

There are as many ways to tell stories as there are story tellers. Style and personality are unique to each performer. Yet, there are constants that transcend the individual. Yet, there are standards that...

How to Avoid “You Had to be There” Stories

Isn't it embarrassing to share a great experience or personal story with friends, and there is no reaction? So you sheepishly mumble something like, "Believe me, it was great. Must be that you had...

Modern Family Teaches How to Tell Stories

Don't you love it when great TV shows teach how to be a better radio personality? I hope you saw the "Five Minute" episode of Modern Family.  In it, there's a classic example of how...

Tell More Interesting Stories by Being Vulnerable:

Audiences care about personalities as long as it relates to them, and not a moment longer.  But listeners turn off and tune out the moment they think you’re trying to be cool. They don't...

The Truth About Telling The Truth In Storytelling

When coaching air talent, a sticking point is often about telling the truth on the air. It's always a good idea to speak from an honest, authentic place. But does that mean you should...

Anatomy Of A Personal Story

There's nothing like a great personal story to hold a listener's attention and endear air talent to an audience. Stores are character-defining moments of unique content that nobody else can replicate. But personal stories...

The Art Of Performance: Ranting Is Not Storytelling

Ranting has taken over social media. Isn't it amazing that so many people think their Facebook or Twitter feed is a bully pulpit to try and change your opinion? But it doesn't work. It's...

Storytelling: The Mosh Pit

Virtually every radio segment can be classified as one of four types of content: Personal Stories, Crowdsourced Content, Telling Other People's Stories, and The Mosh Pit. The Mosh Pit is fairly easy to execute...

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