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DaddyTeller Perfect Paperback – November 20, 2009
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"Over the years, I've enjoyed sharing all kinds of stories with my kids. But when other parents asked me for advice on how they could get started-- I've been at a loss-- until now. Sean Buvala has created that first step. His method is simple, direct, and fun, and leads to stronger relationships between parents and children. What parent wouldn't want that?"-Tim Ereneta --Storyteller.net
About the Author
K. Sean Buvala is a Trainer, Corporate Coach, and Speaker. But first and foremost, he s a Storyteller. He's been travelling the USA teaching and training since 1986.
In 2007 Sean Buvala was presented the Oracle Award by the National Storytelling Network for his work in the promotion of storytelling, including the development of Storyteller.net, an online goldmine of resources for storytellers and their audiences alike.
Now Sean has applied his years of experience as a storyteller and, not incidentally, father to a project designed to help Dads convey valuable information to their own children. DaddyTeller: How to be a Hero to Your Kids and Teach Them What s Really Important By Telling Them One Simple Story at a Time is a step-by-step e-book guide for teaching Dads to become storytellers for their kids.
His work as a trainer and coach in the corporate word demonstrates his ability as a master storyteller. On the premise that good leadership requires strong communication skills, good storytelling techniques and the ability to convey information with impact, Sean designs workshops and seminars specifically for corporate groups, where he trains leaders to lead more effectively by improving their storytelling abilities. Here, he teaches real skills not theory that corporate management can implement immediately. In executive-level workshops that identify what already works for the company and what needs fixing, participants are shocked to see dramatic improvement in their public-speaking and leadership abilities.
As the father of four daughters, Sean knows this subject intimately. Based on the premise that any father can learn to tell his children stories that convey values and ethics to his children, DaddyTeller offers nine simple stories (eight plus a bonus) aimed to turn story time into a meaningful and loving experience for both parent and child.
Sean describes his own style as somewhere between in your life and in your face, depending on his audience, and he has ample opportunity to adjust his approach. In addition to his work with teenagers, he is an expert presenter for corporations, teachers groups, colleges and universities, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations. His expertise includes communication and presentation skills, group dynamics, arts marketing, theatrical training, ministry management, and entrepreneurial development, to name but a few.
As a storyteller, he travels to where the need is, performing in schools and libraries, nonprofit groups, parenting groups, mens ministries, businesses and corporations, festivals, and churches. Using myths and legends, fables, sacred stories, and observations about life, Sean chooses stories that speak to the specific needs of each group.
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I also love that the stories he picked are stories that, without hitting kids over the head, teach so many of the values that a good parent wants their kid to learn: the danger of greed, self-worth, and kindness, to name a few.
If you grew up hearing someone tell you stories and always wished you knew how to do that, buy this book....or buy it for someone you love. I ordered a copy for MY dad. He is going to love it. HE was my "DaddyTeller", and now tells stories to the grandkids. Thanks Sean! Write us some more.
Daddyteller showcases eight stories that Dads can share with their kids. Each story also comes with a guide that you can use to learn different expressions and movements that you can do during pivotal parts of the story. This helps you to become an engaged storyteller instead of just someone who is reading a story out of a book.
By using the step by step method and learning the stories in this book, you can tell your children memorable stories that will teach them the important lessons of life.
Second, notice from his video the magic of enthusiasm. One of the great things about telling (or reading) stories to kids is that you get to let loose your "inner ham" - complete with lots of gesturing and voice modulating and drama.
I've told and read plenty of stories to kids in my lifetime. I've told stories in church ("children's storytime"), and I told a gazillion more to my own four kids as they grew up. But no matter if you're a storytelling novice or have years of experience, this book is a storyteller's college course. You will learn a ton about how to tell stories to kids - and tell them better. And by the way, though this book primarily targets dads, don't conclude it's ONLY for dads. Moms, aunts, uncles, grandparents - anyone who tells stories to kids will benefit.
The Product Description here summarizes well the book's contents, so I won't repeat that. Instead, just let me observe a couple other important thoughts. One, it's vital for parents and others who have the amazing privilege and responsibility of forming the values and character of children, to build carefully. Nothing works better in teaching moral lessons to kids and motivating them to make good choices, than do stories.
Two, both in writing and speaking, it's axiomatic that it's far more effective to show than to tell. Kids (and even maybe most adults) struggle with abstract concepts. But tell a story, and they "see" the concept immediately and clearly.
This book is a slam dunk to improve the storytelling skills of anybody who cares about kids. Don't lose time weighing and fussing about whether or not to get it. Just download it - and the kids who listen to you will be at least as thankful to you, as you will be to the author!