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The “Storyteller” Label: Wings or Shackles?

When we first discover storytelling, it opens opportunities for us to use and develop talents we have developed in our earlier lives.

But there can come a time when holding too tightly to the identity of “storyteller” can hobble us from continuing the sorts of exploration that led us to storytelling in the first place.

Should you be labelling yourself by the tools you use, or by what you create with those tools?

Beware the “Storytelling Voice”!

Too many storytellers adopt an artificial way of speaking that has nothing to do with communication or the peculiar qualities of the tale being told. This practice holds back the teller, the listeners, and the growth of storytelling as a whole.

Coaching a teller to drop this kind of “misdirected effort” is tricky, but possible. The coach must lead the teller through four important steps. Above all, we must treat tellers afflicted with this “performance virus” with patience, respectfulness, and genuine affection, for they, too, have great potential and are therefore precious to our movement.

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