- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802433065
- ISBN-13: 978-0802433060
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story Paperback – January 1, 2003
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He shares the process via 14 steps and also provides many additional "tools" that are essential in making the delivery of a story as best possible.
One of the best parts about his book, and I learned quite by accident in searching for a training or a place where I could see others learning how to become better story tellers is that he has offered on youtube a whole collection of videos of "how to" with each of the 14 steps. In each video he is accompanied by several other people. Each person has a simple story they are working with. At each step each different person works the storytelling steps with their own story.
In essence he demonstrates in the youtube videos what an effective preparation would entail. What is absolutely brilliant is that as a viewer it is possible to understand how the process influences the storytellers evolution of that story from nothing to skyscraper skills through the development each person makes with their own story. It is absolutely brilliant in my opinion.
It demonstrates what the book indicates in writing. The videos make his written word come alive.
With hindsight I can ask myself if I could have benefited from the videos without the book, but honestly it is important to get the mental understanding via the book and then polish it off with the practical aspect of it. I think the book + the videos are a total package that is wonderful.
I was raised going to church and I live in the Bible Belt, but even I was overwhelmed by the density of Christian proselytizing. For what I was promised by the blurb, this book is just too much about The Bible and not enough about practical tips. It's a lot of Bible verse filler. I stopped reading when the author insisted on pushing myths of how men and women are different audiences because they think differently. I was able to get a refund.
And no, the publisher is not going to be a hint to anyone who isn't up on the latest in Christian publishing.
Yes, he is a Christian. Many of the stories that he tells are from the Bible. Others are not. If you read the Bible, you will find out that Jesus, too, told many stories to convey his message to people. I was not offended by anything in this book. I feel that a Christian or non-Christian could learn so much from him concerning the art of story telling.
I read the book, applied what I learned, and believe that I am a better story teller because of it. I have also used this book to help other people become better story tellers.
After just completing a couple of the exercises following Walsh's advice is bringing new life to the scriptures and new life to my ability to communicate, period!
My wife and I want to work through it together. It's just easier with her own copy, so we've ordered another.
We're also hoping to empower the kids to communicate instead of vegetate. Definitely better than T.V.!
He does seem to, at times, embellish the stories a bit more than I am comfortable with. But the idea of practicing the stories and using interesting, exciting language is very good. So often, the stories become just "facts" to learn, rather than stories to "experience." And which, of course, is the most exciting? If one would experience the stories more, one would realize they are stories to be lived out, learned from, and retold to others. I recommend this book very highly.