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Storytelling World Award

The Storytelling World Award

Special Storytelling Resources

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A book for all who use oral communication!

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The Storytelling Coach

How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People's Best

by Doug Lipman

Principles for giving and receiving good help--
on the stage, in the classroom, in the boardroom, and wherever communication occurs.

This book has won the following awards:

  • Storytelling World Award
  • Pegasus Award

Youth Storytelling Pegasus Award

Winner: Special Distinction Pegasus Award

The National Youth Storytelling Pegasus Awards is a concerted effort to recognize Storytelling Resources that are geared for youth that are exemplary and deserve to be shared with educators, librarians, teachers, and of course, youth.

With a panel of over 60 Professional Storytellers, teachers, and/or media specialists your resource was selected as an award-winning tool that educators and students can use when studying the fine art of storytelling.

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Contents Include

  • Foreword by Jay O'Callahan
  • Coaching Principles
  • A Structure for Coaching
  • Coaching to Overcome the Obstacles
    • The First Obstacle: Lack of Information
    • The Second Obstacle: Needing More Experience of the Story
    • The Third Obstacle: Misdirected Effort
    • The Fourth Obstacle: Emotional Blocks
    • Finding the Key Obstacle
  • Coaching in the Classroom
  • Taking Coaching to the World

Read an excerpt!


"Great advice and beautifully written and organized too. Vivid stories from various storytelling traditions and from the author's experience clarify his points. I'm enjoying it and learning a lot about coaching storytellers, too."—Meg Lippert, storyteller, writer


Joan Detz

Meg Lippert, award-winning author.

"Excerpts from actual coaching sessions provide the reader dramatic moments of insight and transformation that follow from good coaching.

While Lipman's work is grounded in the storytelling revival, the principles, structures, and techniques are suitable for helping people of all ages improve at any kind of communication."
-- The Catalyst Centre


Peninnah Schram, storyteller

Peninnah Schram, storyteller, writer, recipient of the National Storytelling Networks Lifetime Achievement Award

"Translating his extraordinary talents into written form, Doug Lipman understands how to create empathic dialogue and offers valued insights into the storytelling process so as to bring storytellers to where they want to be.

"It is a clearly organized resource book with principles that I will integrate into my own storytelling preparations, into my academic teaching, and into my teaching everywhere."
--Peninnah Schram, NYC, NY


"...the lessons are applicable in education and in the workplace. A master teacher shares how a good coach elicits the best from storytellers, and how those same techniques can be used in many different situations."
--The Bloomsbury Review

"Helpful principles and motivational advice for communicating your stories—in the classroom, in the boardroom, from the pulpit, from the stage."–Joan Detz, Doylestown, PA


Joan Detz

Joan Detz, speaking coach and writer.

"A sensitive no-nonsense coaching guide addressing obstacles encountered in storytelling."
--Kathy Unverzagt, Eastern Tennesse State University

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This page was last updated on August 2, 2011