Intro to Storytelling: Wow Your Crowd
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A practical, step-by-step guide to brainstorming on, workshopping and presenting oral stories.
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Created by Kevin Allison
Last updated 7/2015
English
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What Will I Learn?
Become a more engaging, clear and compelling communicator.
Increase your charisma, using your voice, body, emotions and intelligence.
Entertain and make a meaningful impact on your listeners.
Learn how to brainstorm on the most story-worthy moments of your life.
Discover The 2 Essential Ingredients for any good story.
Include The 6 Senses in your story scenes to trigger emotional responses.
Master The 5 Beats of classic story structure.
Know how to answer the "So what?" question in your ending.
Acquire a workshopping and performance-honing process you can apply again and again.
Get tips on becoming a regular practitioner of storytelling in any community.
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Requirements
  • You will use pen, paper and a device for recording audio and/or video like a smartphone.
Description

When it comes to making a meaningful connection with other people, nothing compares to your personal stories.

You come to trust others, learn from others and are sometimes inspired by others based on their ability to share their stories. And even if you don't think you have stories, here is where you'll learn, you do.

In this workshop, you'll apply a series of practical guidelines, step-by-step, for creating unforgettable true stories of your own experience to use throughout your life. Please note that if your aim is to tell stories in the workplace about projects, brands, client relations and so on, The Story Studio has a course called Storytelling for Business also available on Udemy. This course, Intro to Storytelling, is about stories that may or may not have anything to do with your career.

In both video lectures and workbook exercises, you'll find the nitty-gritty tips and tools of a foolproof workshopping process you can use for crafting story after story.

What You'll Come Away With

After taking this course, you'll know just what to do when you notice listeners losing interest or sense that you're veering off track. You'll identify and explore the most affecting and fascinating moments you've lived through. You'll learn how to maintain suspense and build an emotionally resonant arc. And you'll be empowered from sharing your experience thoughtfully and with heart.

Be heard, be remembered and create the change you wish to see in your communication with dynamic and entertaining storytelling.

Who is the target audience?
  • Public Speakers
  • Teachers
  • Writers
  • Performing Artists
  • Professionals
  • Therapists
  • People Working on Personal Development
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 12 Lectures Collapse All 12 Lectures 02:35:08
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The 2 Essential Ingredients for Developing a Story
3 Lectures 30:58

In this lecture, you'll be shown how important it is to have a person the listener can identify with at the center of your story. Your goal is to show us that person's changing emotions.

Preview 09:08

This lecture walks you through an extensive brainstorming session for culling stories from your memory.

Preview 10:42

This lecture shows you how to get a "rough" first telling of your story out of your system and how to ensure you improve on the story the next time around.

Taking a First Stab at Telling a Story
11:08
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Making the Most of a Story's Key Moments
3 Lectures 31:45

This lecture helps you to distinguish between the two basic modes in which the text of a story operates, so that you can be sure not to use too much of one and not enough of the other.

Scenic Details vs. Narrative Summary
10:14

This lecture gives you examples of sensory details bringing scenic moments in stories to life.

The First 4 of the 6 Senses
10:38

This lecture continues to give you examples of sensory details bringing scenic moments in stories to life.

The Last 2 of the 6 Senses
10:53
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Shaping a Story
1 Lecture 19:11

This lecture walks you through The 5 Beats of classic story structure.

Story Structure
19:11
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Frequently Asked Questions
1 Lecture 16:26

This lecture tackles many of the remaining questions you might have about honing your storytelling skills.

Frequently Asked Questions
16:26
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Sample Stories
4 Lectures 56:48

The video portion of Lecture 9 is a story from Jolenta, who has shared stories on the RISK! podcast before. The supplemental portion is a transcript of a story Kevin Allison shared on the RISK! podcast called "Man at Hawaii" with annotations describing how the text of the story is working.

Story 1: Jolenta
15:18

The video portion of Lecture 10 is a story from Dawn, who has shared stories on the RISK! podcast before. The supplemental portion is a transcript of a story Lee Harrington shared on the RISK! podcast called "The Other Side of the Story" with annotations describing how the text of the story is working.

Story 3: Dawn
13:25

The video portion of Lecture 11 is a story from Joel, who has shared stories on the RISK! podcast before. The supplemental portion is a transcript of a story Scott Whitney shared on the RISK! podcast called "Revelations" with annotations describing how the text of the story is working.

Story 4: Joel
13:56

The video portion of Lecture 12 is a story from Michele, who has shared stories on the RISK! podcast before. The supplemental portion is a transcript of a story A.D. Miles shared on the RISK! podcast called "The Deuce" with annotations describing how the text of the story is working.

Story 5: Michele
14:09
About the Instructor
Kevin Allison
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Head Instructor at The Story Studio

With his writing and acting work on the legendary, critically acclaimed sketch comedy series The State on MTV, StellaReno 911!, Flight of the Conchords, the beloved performance troupe Blue Man Group, and the popular comedic website JibJab, Kevin Allison has created all kinds of stories. In 2009, Kevin created RISK!, the live show and audio podcast "Where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share." The podcast is now downloaded by nearly half a million listeners per month. Kevin is the founder and head instructor at The Story Studio, a school devoted solely to the teaching of great storytelling. "I've worked with bestselling authors, famous comedians, brilliant teachers, and business people from Chanel, IBM, The New York Stock Exchange, HBO, American Express, Sunglass Hut and more," says Kevin. "It's a thrill to see people improve dramatically in their communication skills - and in their careers and personal lives - when they're coached on the nitty-gritty of bringing the most remarkable and emotional moments of their pasts to life again for listeners. It's not magic, but it sure feels that way!"