Have you ever found yourself with a group of good friends, sharing informal stories over dinner? Someone begins by telling about a humorous event that happened recently. Then another shares a similar experience that happened years before.
Before you know it, you and your friends (or family) have told numerous stories, and the entire group feels united, engaged, and satisfied.
But Formal Storytelling….
On the other hand, have you had an opposite experience with “formal” storytelling—in school, in your community, or at work?
Your entire experience was shaded by your anxiety. At the end, if your listeners applaud, you can hardly notice. You can’t wait to sit down or even leave the event, already playing over in your mind the moments when you hesitated, said the wrong thing, or even left out a whole section you had meant to include.
What is the difference?…