The Complete Guide to Public Speaking

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Developing Your
Signature Story

Through sounds, pantomimes, or gestures, people have always communicated with each other through stories. Storytelling is essentially relating a tale to one or more people using tools such as voices, props, movements, and whatever else helps convey meaning.

Storytelling is different from acting, reciting verse or prose, reading, or other forms of communication, although all communication shares some common characteristics. In conveying a story, the teller shares a part of himself or herself. Good storytellers envision and replicate essential images. Good tellers relive the story in a manner that enables audience members to feel as if they are actually part of it.


Many students of storytelling have observed that the exploration involved in telling a story helps both the teller and members of the audience explore themselves. While each audience member may be formulating a somewhat unique body of images based on his or her imagination, as well as the meaning that he or she attaches to various phrases, movements, sounds, and gestures, everyone shares the experience. Audience members report that these experiences can be profound—some are moved to tears,


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