My 'Suddenly They Heard Footsteps' blog related many events of our day with the Yashinsky guidance. Here are a few other teller tips that I gathered today:
- Storytellers are vulnerable if they try to be themselves. There is a storyteller Danny Boy and a Danny. Must be the one the listeners want. A teller must conjure the listeners.
- Don't fade as you speak, it will confuse and lose the listeners
- Small pre-telling actions such as moving the microphone, table, chair are part ofthe performance. They will underscore that you are there to share a story.
- Streamline what you say and be succinct and to the point.
- How you stand, sit and balance your body can be part of the story, and if not done in a listener accepted way you may lose the listeners, i.e. Closing them out by crossing your arms, touching your chin when the statement is from the heart.
- How you hold your head and your body will be par of the spell you are casting to the listeners.
- There is a listener appreciation for casual demeanor. Formal posture may convey a closed look to the listener. A ballcap can give a boyish quality, i.e. Bill Lepp example.