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How to Become a Master Raconteur

Published: March 1, 2012

People who long to enthrall audiences with their stories can do so by following a few simple rules.

GestureFirst, good raconteurs offer a unique insight into the human condition. They captivate an audience by bringing life experience to the tale.

Good storytellers also use their personality and history to create a yarn that is relevant and important to the audience.

They use body language, gestures and facial expressions that suit both the story and storyteller.

Good storytellers also pick stories that complement their personality. A witty story may fall flat in the hands of a poet, while a much-heralded raconteur may not be able to instill the passion in a tale of lost love.

Good storytellers are comfortable with their stories.

They bring characters to life and make the audience care about them. They use dialogue skillfully to enhance characterizations.

Storytellers also need to remember that it's always about the audience. A skilled storyteller is constantly gauging the audience's interest and involving them.

Atmosphere helps create the magic, so a good storyteller weaves the setting into the story. The audience should almost believe they are there.

The magic doesn't happen spontaneously. To become master storytellers, individuals must practice and establish the gestures, facial expressions and body language that support the story.

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