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About K. Sean Buvala
Sean describes the collection of stories in his head as "life and legend" representing the mix of stories from his experiences, myth and legend from many cultures, sacred stories and observations of shared life events. As a storyteller, Sean primarily works with adults and teens. He describes his coaching and speaking style as somewhere between "in your life and in your face" depending on the needs of the group he's telling to/with at any given gathering. Sean recognizes the ability of story to change the lives of the listeners, as he see stories change his own life as a teller.
Sean has been presenting and storytelling "on the road" for decades. He's traveled to perform and present workshops in most of the United States and to hundreds of organizations in those states. His audiences have ranged from just few people gathered in a living room to several thousand teens and adults. Both national organizations and local groups have experienced Sean as a teller and workshop leader. You'll find audio and video examples all throughout this site at seantells.com.
Sean's experience also involves training and design for the telecommunication and hospitality industry. He is especially good for the entrepreneurial and start-up communities. He's done customer service instruction/team development for companies ranging from government, to faith-based organizations to major corporations.
He's an author, a recording artist and trainer. Along with his own programs, he's been a featured presenter for companies such as Group workshops and the "Social Story Conference," the "South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute" and more.
Sean is a recognized expert as a storytelling practitioner and get-you-focused coach. You'll appreciate his down-to-earth approach as he uses the world's oldest art form to teach you to memorably engage your audience and build up your business, classroom or life's focus. When you book him, don't expect tons of clever-but-distracting charts, charming graphs, overdone slides or smoke-blowing yakking. He's a No-Nonsense trainer in the art and application of storytelling in a variety of settings.
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Storytelling Tips For Sharpening Your Skills
These tips, techniques and thoughts will help you be a better presenter, speaker or storyteller when using oral storytelling.
You get 70 concise tips that you can study one-by-one or jump about to specific concepts. Using Sean's No-Nonsense approach, you will get lots of great ideas without a lot of extra distractions and filler materials.
Use Sean's Unique Take-Action Steps!
What makes this tips book different? You won't just read a tip and forget about it in the next moment. Dig into your learning right away. Sean includes one of his "Take Action!" activities for each tip. Go deeper with the tips and you will discover immediate application for your presentations.
In this book, you will find several sections of unique tips covering:
- The Person of the Storyteller (24 Tips)
- Techniques of the Storyteller (24 Tips)
- Public Speaking Mechanics (8 Tips)
- Nonprofit Organizations (4 Tips)
- Wandering Tips (10 Tips)
You Get Training from a Recognized Storytelling Expert
Sean Buvala is the founder and director of Storyteller.net, one of the oldest and most complete online resources for all things related to the art and science of oral storytelling. He's been recognized by the National Storytelling Network with an Oracle Award for leadership in storytelling. His unique experience (nearly 30 years) in story performance, business coaching and nonprofit development comes through when you use this book of storytelling techniques and tips.
How to Use These Tips
Working on your own? Grab a notebook, read your way through the tips and do the "Take Action!" activities. Working with a guild or cadre? Choose a few tips for each meeting and start a great discussion. In your organization or business, follow Sean's guidelines to collect and refine your company's narratives. Alone or with a group, this book will improve your skills as a storyteller and communicator.
Take Action Now
Get ready to be challenged. Add this book to your Print or Kindle collection and discover new ideas about using the narrative arts in your business, life or performances.
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In this small book (it's small), professional storyteller Sean Buvala shares 7 stories to accompany the O Antiphon prayers or reflection in personal or communal prayer in the Advent season. As well, there are chapters in the book giving some background to both the stories and to the Antiphons themselves. Please note this is not a book for children but is intended for adults with progressive-Christianity leanings.
A Blend of Unusual Stories
This is a simple project from the heart. Sean has chosen the stories from his own research of fables, folktales and stories he's created working in his previous days in liturgical ministry as well as his experience as a nationally-traveled storyteller since 1986.
Unique Art from Michelle Buvala
Michelle Buvala interprets each story via simple sketch and Scribble art, appropriate for the season of Advent. Like the stories in the book, some of the art is expected and some will surprise you.
Created by a Storytelling Expert
Sean Buvala is the founder and director of Storyteller.net, one of the oldest and most complete online resources for all things related to the art and science of oral storytelling. He's been recognized by the "National Storytelling Network" with an Oracle Award for leadership in storytelling. His unique and life-long experience (since 1986!) in story performance, ministry and nonprofit- development were used to create these stories.
Click that "Order" button and dive deeper into this simple accompaniment for the Advent and Christmas time.
A Hero to YOUR Kids...
"Daddy, tell me every story you know!" -daughter of a DaddyTeller user.
Have you ever wished someone would put together a story-time instruction book for Daddies? Well, someone has.
"DaddyTeller," written by award-winning professional storyteller Sean Buvala, is a collection of eight fables, edited and arranged specifically for Daddies to share with their children. They're easy to learn and fun to tell.
Change Your Kid's Life with Your Great Stories
But DaddyTeller carries a double punch. Stories like "The Donkey Who Thought He Was a Lion," "Apples For the Princess," and "The Fisherman and His Wife" are not just bonding tools for parent and child. They also demonstrate the value of honesty, kindness, and integrity, warn of the danger of greed, and encourage a sense of self-worth that is even more valuable to your children when it comes from you.
Easy, Step-By-Step Instructions
Each chapter presents one story in three different ways. First, the story is written out in its entirety, just as you would tell it to your child. Next, the same story is broken down into a Brick and Mortar Reminder List to jog your memory as you learn the sequence of events. Finally, the story is written out once again, but this time it is studded with action prompts and suggestions for funny faces and squeaky voices to capture the imagination of your audience.
For Regular Parents! Drama Degree Not Required!
Not a performer? Don't worry. Sean's aim is to get you telling stories to your children as soon as possible, and this he does with warmth and humor. The coaching instructions sprinkled throughout each story, down to what to do with your hands, will have you up and running even if you've never told a story in your life.
The first two chapters of DaddyTeller are also designed to set you at ease. Chapter One is a quick-start, ten-step get-going guide that outlines exactly what to do first, from choosing the lesson you want to share with your child (like honesty or kindness) to the nuts and bolts of how to do it. Chapter Two digs a little deeper into what you can expect from this special time with your kids pointing out, for example, that a story told with bumps and mistakes is better than not telling at all.
Making mistakes is part of the process, Sean writes. Don't wait to be perfect before telling stories to your kids.
Nevertheless, DaddyTeller has been thoughtfully compiled to include all the help you need to make story time a success. There are eight stories in the Ebook itself, plus a link to a ninth story. In addition, Sean offers support for the novice storyteller in the form of audio training and video instructions that can be found at daddyteller.com. You can also sharpen your technique by watching video clips of Sean himself telling stories.
Storytelling as a way to communicate right living has surely been around as long as humans have walked the planet. Campfire lessons on the difference between good and bad choices have gone a long way toward preservation of our species.
And, really, not much has changed over the millenia. The fact is that today children all too often look to movies and television for those lessons, with varying results. Yet a beloved story told over and over by Dad, delivering the message Dad wants delivered, can pierce the jumble of voices in a child s mind and shine like a jewel.
DaddyTeller is a good idea realized just in time. The book promises to show Dads how to teach kids what's really important, and in this Sean Buvala seems to be on the right track.
The animals speak and odd things happen in words and art inspired by Aesop.
You'll find a:
- Delusional Donkey
- Mischievous Mouse
- Flattering Fox
- Cavorting Camel
- Furious Frog
- Haughty Hare
...and a bunch more.
These aren't stories for little children. Open up your big-kid mind and explore some stories you might not have heard before.
Fables are reimagined by professional storyteller Sean Buvala. Each is hand illustrated with watercolor and layered-paper collage.
How to be a Storyteller!
Communicate with passion and skill when you learn how to be an effective storyteller. We’ve gathered some great storytellers from around the world to share with you their knowledge and experience.
In this book, you will find 15 original (only in this book!) essays and articles teaching you how to be a storyteller:
Storytelling Experts Teach About Storytelling
•With Basic Techniques
•With Young Children
•At Family Gatherings
•In the K-8 Classroom
•While Telling Historical Tales
•Around a Campfire
•In a Library Setting
•With Senior Citizens
•With Adolescents and Teens
•In a Courtroom
•At a Story Slam
•Across Language Barriers
•Creating Great Characters
•Using Advanced Techniques
Oral Storytelling: The Tool for Sharing Your Message
If you are communicating with others, oral storytelling will always be the foundation with which you must begin. Just to be clear, this book is about the art and methods of oral storytelling. If you are looking for advice solely on writing stories or presenting them through digital or other non-verbal means, this book will not teach you any of that specifically. However, everyone, in any art form, school, business or non-profit organization benefits by upgrading their talent in oral storytelling. Pick up this book today and be on your way to new skills.
We've Gathered Experts from Around the World
Contributors to this book are experienced storytellers and communicators. You’ll find articles by Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, Sean Buvala, Glenda Bonin, Karol Brown, John Weaver, Leeny Del Seamonds, Jen and Nat Whitman, Elly Reidy, Carol Esterreicher, Tim Ereneta, Chris King, Leslie Slape, Mark Goldman, Kathy Jessup and Dr. Wajuppa Tossa.
Your new book on oral storytelling is edited by K. Sean Buvala, the founder and director of Storyteller.net. As part of our 15th Anniversary year, we’ve brought you this unique collection of works.
For Private Study or Group Learning
Use this book to grow your own abilities or make it the “book of the month” for your storytelling guild or public-speaking discussion groups. The diversity of opinions in the book will give you lots to think about and lots to discuss with your peers.
The Kindle version includes the cover, a working Table of Contents and links to the authors’ websites. Start with the first article from the editor: “Diversity.” Then, jump about between the articles and essays as you like.
When you are done with the book and want to learn even more, you’ll find more information on our website, linked inside the book.
Take your tale from “What?” to “Wow!” Communicate with great stories!
In this book, a storytelling coach teaches you how to create effective and compelling stories from anecdotes and floats- the odds and ends of stories in your life or organization.
Anecdotes are pieces of the much greater story you have inside. Floats are the "little brother" of anecdotes. In this mini-book, your will learn about (and experience) creating stories that you can use in a variety of ways from storytelling to print to video.
Take the odds and ends of the stories floating around you and turn them into useful tools.
In the “Measures of Story: How to Create a Story from Floats and Anecdotes” book you will:
* Explore the differences between stories, anecdotes and floats.
* Replace your archaic “elevator speech.” Understand why real stories make better communication tools.
* Learn the most overused floats that aren’t the stories you might think they are.
* See how these anecdotes and floats become stories with examples for the personal and business world.
* See how a "world tale" can help to drive home an important point.
* Create your new stories with Sean’s “Take Action!” activities.
* Discover more online resources to help you learn to share convincing stories with associates, friends, students or family.
If you are using story in business, a non-profit organization, a school or just for the next family gathering, you will use your newly created stories to bring fresh life and energy to your events. If increased profits or contributions are your goal, you cannot do better than to use powerful stories to meet those needs.
Note: This particular book is not about oral storytelling techniques such as pacing, gestures, eye contact and so on. Rather, this book focuses on the creation of real stories from anecdotes to be used in sharing stories (storytelling or otherwise) in education, business, health care or even with your own family.
Sean does not just insist that *you* should use stories. Rather, you will experience how Sean teaches and connects concepts by the use of stories, putting his teaching into action.
About the Author:
Sean Buvala has an occupation that many might envy: Professional Storyteller.
From kids in classrooms to bosses in boardrooms, he has taught the art of storytelling to thousands of people since 1986. With the big jobs of creating workshops for some of the best-known companies to the intimate work of writing "how to" books for parents, Sean's deep immersion into the art of storytelling helps you communicate with great clarity.
Along with his many coaching and training duties, he is an accomplished performance storyteller adventuring across borders and ocean waves to share his stories and training. Sean is the director of one of the oldest storytelling-learning websites.
Explore The Values of Kindness and Honesty!
"Well as you say, so it is." Is that a warning or a blessing from of the old wizard that our young heroes encounter on the road to the castle, home of the very sick princess? Use this book, with its retelling of a classic Grimm fairytale, to explore the values of honesty and kindness.
How should we treat others? Find out as three boys discover that it is important to treat all people with respect and courtesy. When they forget, frog-filled, pig-packed chaos ruins their great plans to bring the healing apples to the princess! Will any of them succeed on their journey?
This is a “read it with me!” book for younger children. For older independent readers, we think you'll find this book is best for those 8 years old and beyond.
Check the back of the book for information on free resources, too.
A NOTE FOR PARENTS and EDUCATORS!
Language and words are used in this book in a manner differently from many books for kids. There's a balance of the fun style of a traditional oral storyteller and a casual written story. We invite you to engage with your children or students as you read this story together. For the youngest children, you may need to clarify words and provide definitions. But wait a moment! You may also be surprised to find that even young children will understand unique words such as “banish” by simply hearing the word repeated in context. Use this fun book in your "toolbox" of growing your students or children.
Get Your Copy Now!
It's time to explore honesty, kindness and integrity with your child (or students) in this hand-illustrated, unique book. Hit the order button and get your copy now.
Don't forget to look at the paperback version as well!