Last Wednesday, Talk the Talk took place, an event organized by Slush and something that I had also thought about applying to. Because of scheduling discrepancies I decided to go for the Storytelling course by Bruce Oreck, but was of course still interested into the Talk the Talk finals. I joined the event via Livestream … Continue reading Talk the Talk Slush 2017
The storytelling course has ended, but the quest for great stories and storytelling continues. Yesterday I joined an event in Helsinki, that is actually much bigger than I had imagined. Story Party is a global storytelling show, mostly about bad dating stories, done by Blake Ranchman from New Jersey, USA and other storytellers. More about … Continue reading Story Party in town
Feedback on my story (about a terrifying experience on cheating in school and the thereupon decision to never cheat and lie again) still too much baggage and detail that could have been left out ending too conversational again strong start not crisp enough Stories that were good the 400 Euro shoes story the fortuneteller story … Continue reading Structure is everything – final lessons
As I am preparing my story for tomorrow’s final class, I notice how I have kept coming back to a fable or story told by Alan Watts about a chinese farmer (see video below). It’s an old story and I absolutely love it. It inspires me and especially when thinking about storytelling, it has made … Continue reading The Chinese Farmer
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” ~ by Ernest Hemingway
Notes on yesterday’s class. It’s all about magic and triggering our imagination. Lecture It must always be about the audience. When you are in a conversation, the other person probably cares to hear about you. Otherwise, if you have a bigger audience, you must communicate in a way that touches THEM. You must change how … Continue reading Magic!
Yesterday, class was rather emotional for me, since I had worked a lot on my 90 second story and then it didn’t turn out so well. After presenting it though, and digesting the feedback, I was quickly able to see the shortcomings and learn from them, which seems like a success after all. I also … Continue reading Which story would you love to tell?
While preparing my story for this Wednesday’s class, the following thoughts on storytelling came to my mind (of course inspired by previous classes and research): I guess storytelling is about knowing which information is important, and which is not. It’s about finding the essence of the story, the essence of being human, and communicating that. … Continue reading The essence
In preparation to class yesterday, I watched a talk called “How Your Brain Can Turn Anxiety into Calmness” by Martin Rossman, to prevent myself from becoming too nervouse before telling my story later. Last week I had experienced an overwhelming wave of anxiety and I was prepared to use the power of the mind to … Continue reading About delivering emotions
The 10 Rules of Storytelling by Bruce Oreck 1. Values 2. Avoid complex language 3. Be descriptive 4. Get personal 5. Be bold 6. Have fun – dopamine = happy 7. Don’t appeal to logic but to senses 8. Authenticity and being “true” 9. First impression matters – fast 10. First, make audience feel smart … Continue reading Storytelling is not being conversational