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Improving Your Storytelling : American Storytelling - Doug Lipman

Improving Your Storytelling

American Storytelling

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Published: 15th December 2005
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The first steps in storytelling are often easy, because we tell stories informally every day. Once you take storytelling into the more formal contexts of performance or occupational uses, however, you may be faced with challenges you hadn't anticipated. You need information that goes beyond the basics. And you need it in a form that does not just tell you what to do but helps you make your own informed decisions. This book is meant for the reader who has already begun to tell stories and is ready to learn more about the art. Instead of rules to follow, it gives you a series of frameworks that encourage you to think on your feet. Doug Lipman has written and taught extensively on the art of storytelling. With the same generosity and warmth that characterize his workshops, he considers the teller's relationship to the story, the teller's relationship to the audience, and the transfer of imagery in a medium that is simultaneously visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introduction: Storytelling Basics and Beyondp. 11
Thinking in the Presentp. 12
Helping You Make Your Own Decisions
The Case of the (Possibly) Bad Second Performance
Not Advice but Understanding
No Right Way to Tell Storiesp. 15
Locally Preferred Styles
Style versus Effectiveness
The Storytelling Trianglep. 17
Loving the Mystery
Exploring Each Component
The Transfer of Imageryp. 19
Oral Languagep. 21
The Variety of Expressionp. 22
Tone of Voice
Facial Expression, Gestures, and Posture
Eye Behavior
Orientation in Space
Multidimensionalityp. 29
Characterization through Clusters
Humor through Contrasts
Transitions
Time-Based Languagep. 32
Nonreversible Time
Pauses
Rhythm and Tempo
Repetition
The Uncrowded Stage
Forms of Imageryp. 41
The Nature of Imagesp. 41
The Ways Experiences Are Stored
Preferred Modes of Imageryp. 43
Learning to Transform Images
Imagining Fullyp. 47
See the Sightsp. 47
What If I Can't See the Colors?
Hear the Soundsp. 50
Developing Your Aural Sensitivity
Feel the Muscle-Tension and Movementp. 52
Tuning In to Kinesthetic Images
Using Sensory Details When Telling a Story
Kinesthetic Imagery and Characterizationp. 57
Open Versus Closed Posturesp. 57
Using Open/Closed Postures in a Story
Habitual Muscular Tensionsp. 59
Why We Develop Habitual Tensions
Tensions Begin Creatively, and Can Be Slow to Release
Male and Female Abdominal Tensions
Using Habitual Muscular Tensions in a Story
Transformation Is Fascinating to Watch
Body Centersp. 66
Using Body Center in a Story
In Support of the Key Conceptsp. 68
Using Multiple Body Centers
Using Multiple Muscular Tensions
Other Forms of Kinesthetic Imageryp. 71
Your Relationship to the Storyp. 73
Learning to Learn Stories
What Is a Story?p. 75
The Esthetic Expectations Behind the Fairy Talep. 76
Expectations About Story Attributesp. 76
Responding to Divergent Expectationsp. 78
Learning the Storyp. 81
Beginning a Natural Processp. 81
How We Learned to Tell It
How We Changed It
Tell It Informally, Many Times
The Dangers of Practicingp. 84
What if the Story Didn't Happen to Me?p. 86
Discovering the Meaningp. 87
MIT: the Most Important Thingp. 87
What Does This Story Mean to Me?
The Most Important Thing is Boss
The Next Most Important Things
To State or Not to Statep. 92
Conscious or Unconscious Connections
A Continuum of Ways to State Meaning
Discovering the Structurep. 95
Outliningp. 95
Time-Linesp. 98
Other Tools for Understanding Structurep. 99
Memorizingp. 101
Why Not to Begin by Memorizingp. 102
Using My MIT To Create a Structurep. 103
Working toward the Details
At Last, the Words
The Central Role of Deciding the MIT
Memorizing Someone Else's Wordsp. 109
Your Relationship to Your Listenersp. 111
Helper and Beneficiaryp. 113
The Beneficiary's Needs Come First
Being Clear and Agreeingp. 114
Fuzzy Situations
After the Performance
Stating the Expectations
Moving from Beneficiary to Helperp. 120
Telling a New Story As Beneficiary
Deciding to Tell As Helper
Special Problems with Personal Stories
When the Feelings Surprise Me
The Four Tasksp. 125
Unitingp. 125
Ways to Unite
Invitingp. 128
Relaxed Confidence
Rejected Invitations
Offeringp. 132
Too Much Invitation
Acknowledgingp. 134
Your Effect on Your Listenersp. 137
Leaning Forwardp. 137
Leaning Backp. 138
Special Problems with "Leaning Back" Stories
Some Genre-Related Effects on Your Audiencep. 141
A Response to Personal Experience Storiesp. 142
Program Planningp. 143
The MIT for a Programp. 144
Planning by the Slotsp. 145
Unbidden Imagesp. 146
Developing Audiences for Your Needsp. 149
The Rehearsal Buddyp. 149
The Home Audiencep. 150
Other Practice Audiencesp. 151
A Balanced Diet of Audiences
Your Relationship to Your Selfp. 155
Your Voicep. 157
Reducing Tensionp. 157
The Healing Yawn
The Sources of Tension
What Are You Trying to Do?
Changing the Decision
Special Problems in Teaching Voicep. 162
Vocal Warm-Upp. 164
Performance Anxietyp. 167
Excitement and Fear
Readinessp. 168
Readiness Skills Increase over Time
One Uncertainty at a Time
Fearp. 171
What Is Fear?
How to Process Fear
Noticing the Actual Situation
Speaking Back to Common Worries
When Fear Can Be Useful
Your Support Teamp. 181
Planning Buddiesp. 181
Many Helpingsp. 182
Three Kinds of Helpersp. 183
The Care and Feeding of Helpersp. 184
Intangible Helpp. 184
Putting it All Togetherp. 187
The Flexible Shifting of Attentionp. 189
Four Layers of Attentionp. 189
Warming Up a Preschool Audience
Act Two with Attentive Adults
Keeping My Attention Flexiblep. 192
Obstructions That Misdirect My Attention
Meeting My Own Needs--for the Good of Others
Balancing the Details with the Goalsp. 197
What Matters Most in this Event?p. 198
Learning the Most Important Component
Intermediate Concepts
Connecting to the Momentp. 201
Which Answer Do I Keep Closest?
Creating the Strands of Connection
Conclusion: Transformationp. 207
How to Find Storytelling Organizations and Publicationsp. 211
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 217
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ISBN: 9780874835304
ISBN-10: 0874835305
Series: American Storytelling
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th December 2005
Publisher: August House Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.22