Lounge Tip #10…Tell a story

A few days ago Journey, Brett and I were sitting out on the porch listening to Brett tell stories. That is one thing that I love about him; he can tell a really good story. And he has so many to tell sometimes I’m a little jealous because I can’t remember things as vividly as he can. But I always enjoy listening.

It is amazing how a good story can relieve worries for a moment and leave you feeling happy. Storytelling is a treatment for Alzheimer’s and helps to exercise your brain and strengthen your personal relationships.

Here are some tips on How to tell a good story:

Time Required: 10 minutes

Here’s How:

  1. Get excitedStorytelling is a performance and you need energy and enthusiasm to tell a good story. Get passionate, even if it seems silly.
  2. SmileYou can hear a person smiling. When a person tells a story with a smile on their face, subtle intonations in voice change. If you are smiling, you will choose different words. Remember, storytelling is entertainment — it should be fun.
  3. PracticePick one story every morning that will be your story for the day. When someone calls or comes over — you will be ready with your story. Be so excited to tell it that you are just bursting. Your listener will look forward to visiting with you and hearing your stories.
  4. Make it ShortStories can go on and on — keep yours short and punchy. A good story does not have to be long.
  5. Lots of DetailsPay attention during your day or while remembering an event from the past. Include details like the clothes people wore, how they moved, and what things felt like. Don’t say “She seemed upset” say “She had fire coming out of her eyes.” Liven things up with detail and description.
  6. Use EmotionsDon’t just stick to the facts, they are usually pretty boring — tell the emotions you were feeling. Talk about why you felt that way, what memories it brought back. Emotions are always interesting subjects.
  7. Have CharactersThe check-out person, the mailman, the plumber — all can become characters in your story. Learn to notice and appreciate the wonderful quirks that everyone has. Describe these people, thinking about what they must have been thinking.
  8. Don’t Think It Isn’t InterestingAnything can be interesting if it is well told. Don’t worry that no great drama has happened to you lately — storytelling is more about how you tell something than what you are telling.

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