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Importance of Story Telling

 

Storytelling has always been an integral part of Indian tradition. In fact, in many dynasties in ancient India, Kings used to have a storyteller in their courts. We all grew-up listening to stories from our grandpas or grannies. We did not understand the importance of those daily rituals of telling stories but now we can easily understand how they shaped our personal and social behaviour along with our character and faith.

 

And you know what it means to be a storyteller. It means to come up with something that impacts other people’s lives in any way possible and if you’re successfully able to inspire even one person who then goes on to changing the world in the biggest way possible. Then you’ve accomplished your mission as a great storyteller who inspired someone to drop everything and transform the world forever. And that’s the trick of discovering how to be a good storyteller.Some of the greatest storytellers of all the times are Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln.


It is very important especially for kids as it helps in language and social development.  For starters, storytelling forges connections among people and helps you speak more confidently. It helps in acting if that's what you want to pursue in the future as your career. Storytelling helps in improving the efficiency of your left temporal cortex. Telling stories is one of the most powerful means that leaders use to influence, teach, and inspire. 

 

What makes storytelling so effective for learning, and between people and ideas. Stories convey the culture, history, and moral values that bring people together. It is just one of the many powerful means of communication that there are in this wide world. And boy, it sure is one of those which can change the listener and the teller’s life. When you tell a story you are basically communicating and conversing your thoughts more descriptively to the viewer, for whom it almost seems like a movie played through their imagination. It is also a very unique and exquisite way of teaching someone and helping newcomers and students create an understanding and respect for other cultures. Through stories we can also share our feelings and emotions about a subject or experience.It helps to learn skills needed for acting such as

 

  1. vary the volume, pitch and tempo of your voice (enunciate clearly and exaggerate expression)

  2. use your face, body and gestures (let your body speak)

  3. make your body and face respond to the tale

  4. have a clear focus and maintain concentration

  5. maintain engaging eye contact with the audience/ individual listeners

  6. create a charismatic presence (make the audience believe in you)

  7. use different, exaggerated character voices

  8. use your space/ be dynamic

  9. remember to pace yourself