Coaching Stories

As you continue to work with stories, people will come to you to help them with their stories. At this point you take on the role of the “coach.” However, unlike a football or volleyball coach where he or she is concerned about the team, the storytelling coach gears their session based not on a group’s need, but the teller. The term coach can also in some cases illicit bad memories of someone who berated another for their inability or inexperience. This is not the role

Storytelling and Healing

Listening to story is a Healing Practice initially recorded on DECEMBER 31, 2010 in STORYTELLING AND HEALING Storytelling: A Healing Art As we discuss our healthcare, let us not forget the value of listening. This reminded me of an interview that I did and thought I would share again. Healing is about listening and what better way than telling stories? Storytelling is a way we can address healing. Increased pain and frustration happens when we are silenced. As a storytel

Wonder stories--addressing bullying behavior with a new form of storytelling

I entered the school early even before my students arrived. My students said proceed with trepidation, the school was a rough school. However, after being a public school teacher for over 14 years I had seen my share of rough schools. I had taught in Cleveland, Ohio and what some said was rough parts in California and as a professional storyteller spent time in schools with a reputation before I entered them. However, students are students. With my students we gathered t

With the eyes of a storyteller-the reason for the blog

For over 25 years I have been adjusting and readjusting my eyes or better yet, my perspective. For this many years I have been a professional storyteller and narrative educator. With each new opportunity, my focus has changed. I have had the luxury of listening to storytellers as close as my neighbors and as far away as new friends in Qatar. With each new place, I am able to see a new way of realizing the potential of story and the storyteller that resides in us all. T

Are you story gathering? Here are some tips to help.

Story Gathering Assistance Sheet June 2017 In order to assist you in recollecting stories, I have prepared this Story Gathering Assistant Sheet to guide you. Create a mindset of awareness for story. What this means is to be open to the idea of story. The best stories arrive when we don’t force them, but instead, relax into them. Don’t see this as a chore, but instead of an invitation to discover or revisit. Think of two or three episodes about the person or subject. Inste

Stories as Gifts

When we give a gift, we unlock doors to listening. Giving Gifts: The Basics of Storytelling All of us wonder about life—why is the sky blue, why does the sun come up in the east, why do we have different colors of hair? The list is endless. Before written language, explanations for these natural phenomena were told in stories. This explanatory aspect of storytelling makes it a wonderful teaching tool. Stories can be used to identify unfamiliar terms, new ideas, present cult

Myths about Youth Storytelling Part Two

I appreciate the response on part one about the myths of youth storytelling. Please feel free to add to these myths. I would invite you to take part in this conversation. Myth #5—TEENS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN STORYTELLING Teens are more than willing to tell stories, however their preparation as tellers cannot be the same method that you use in elementary school. Teenagers have their own stories, however, that does not mean that they will not tell elementary tales. It simply

Ten Tips to Help Use Stories to Promote Transformation

To be a person is to have a story to tell. -Isak Dinesen 1. Change begins with perception. Remember the telling experience is connected to the listening experience. Someone once told me the reason he considered himself to be a good storyteller is not because he can tell 100 stories, but because he listens to 1000. If telling a story is like a finely woven quilt, one must realize telling comes from the same fabric as listening. 2. Your listeners are the reason for telli

Spotlight on Storyteller Kristin Pedemonti

Today we spotlight the work of Kristin Pedemonti. In our last post we reviewed her latest book and we now are able to talk to with her more about her work. At a time when some people are shouting to build walls, I love that you title your work A Bridge of Stories. Can you tell us how you arrived at the title? I wanted a title that reflected bridging cultures together through the use of story, valuing indigenous and cultural stories and how that may also symbolically connect