Telling a story seems like such a simple, singular thing to do, however, just one person’s story contributes to a grand web of stories that connects people from every place and time. Therefore, it is important to consider what your storytelling goal is, and judge how to properly share your story with your audience. Sometimes, stories are personal, containing real life facts meant only to be shared between the storyteller and their loved ones. Other times, an individual designs a story with a main goal in mind. Perhaps the storyteller is hoping to persuade others to share the same political views as them. Maybe, they want to write a fantasy story that will enrapture readers throughout the world. No matter what the story, there are a few truths that apply to every tale.
Firstly, the storyteller must always be conscious of who is listening to their story and adapt their storytelling style to fit the needs of their audience. The storyteller should start with the most important information, to assure that their listener hears the message, even if they do not attend to the whole story. The storyteller should speak, or write, clearly, using appropriate grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Depending on the audience, vocabulary and language may also need to be taken into consideration. With so many things to consider when telling a story, it is important for the storyteller to think through their stories before they share them.
Yet another truth is that stories are best when they are shared. Stories have been being shared since the early beginnings of civilization and have increased in complexity over time. The emergence of technology has enabled stories to be shared in ways that would previously have been considered impossible. Not only can we share internationally using the World Wide Web, we have even attempted to share our stories with the universe by leaving a Bible on the moon and sending songs and images into space on the Voyager.
Another fact is that everybody’s story is in some way connected to someone else’s. When you are born you become a part of a family tree. Genealogists have been tracking family trees for generations. If possible, every member’s name, date of birth, date of marriage, etc., is included. Just by existing, you become part of the human story. Fictional tales are based off one another as well. An excellent example is the tale of Cinderella. While you may be familiar with the Disney version, check out Rhodopis (The Egyptian Cinderella). Various versions of the tale can be found worldwide.
In conclusion, ever person is either intentionally or inadvertently involved in a worldwide conversation, contributing to the story of humanity. I believe that people should take an active role in their own stories and be conscious of the way their stories are perceived by others (i.e. controlling social media accounts to assure that only professional posts are made). What are some methods you use for telling your own story?
Hi Catherine. I really enjoyed your post. My favourite part is your comment that stories are best when they are shared. As you explained, the history of story-sharing is vast and continuously evolving. It’s cool to think about. Cheers