The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story
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In The Art of Storytelling, John Walsh talks through the steps to presenting a compelling story, outlining the strategies that helped him move from stutterer to storyteller as he fulfilled his calling of becoming a preacher. This book will help any person with a story to share, as it talks through all aspects of presentation, from what to do with your hands as you speak, to crafting a killer ending.
Whether you're telling bedtime stories to your children or Bible stories to a congregation, this book will take your storytelling to a new level.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
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Many of us would love to hold the attention of a crowd, a classroom, or just a group of our friends by telling them a great story. We have felt the pressure of a public presentation or the disappointment of a story that is ignored and we are ready for more.
In The Art of Storytelling, John Walsh talks through the steps to presenting a compelling story, outlining the strategies that helped him move from stutterer to storyteller as he fulfilled his calling of becoming a preacher. This book will help any person with a story to share, as it talks through all aspects of presentation, from what to do with your hands as you speak, to crafting a killer ending. It is especially relevant those who teach through the stories of the Bible or who would like to do so.
Wonderful! Everyone has the opportunity to share stories - some of us do a great job and others need a boost. The Art of Storytelling breaks down the steps necessary to tell a wonderful story! Mr. Walsh writes in a soft conversational tone that offers the reader the opportunity to learn without the fear of failure. A must read for everyone wanting to tell their story a little better. This would be a great gift for seminarians and anyone in the communications field. Enjoy! NetGalley and Moody Publishers provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review by Lynda Smock, October 10, 2013, Goodreads
What I liked about this book was that story-telling wasn't restricted to just kids, it's presented as a way of sharing that can work for everyone. And while the first application for story-telling that came to mind was for sermons, this book also shows that it's possible to use it in a classroom setting.
If you're looking for a book that will help you in Children's ministry or in any ministry that requires public speaking, you should definitely pick up this book. 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Eustacia Tan, October 20, 2013, Net Galley
People of all ages enjoy listening to a good story told. Stories are often a more effective means of conveying instruction and truths than didactic, analytical teaching. John D. Walsh, in The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story gives readers, whether new to the art or are already experienced public speakers, tips and tools for improving their craft. Through numerous exercises and activities, the reader is encouraged to participate and practice honing skills that are introduced in each chapter.
John wants stories to become the point of telling stories. Too often in modern public speaking, stories are relegated to "spice up" sermons and presentations and to illustrate some points in them. The modern mindset has been conditioned to accept that stories are for children (and must have a stated application or moral), that "real teaching" happens in didactic lectures. John discusses how people relate to and recall stories far better than didactic teaching - lectures and sermons with "the big idea" or "here are three points."
The book itself is divided into three sections. Part one, the longest section, teaches the aspiring storyteller fourteen steps in preparing to tell a story. John further subdivides these steps into ten essential steps toward telling a good story, and four optional steps that may be taken to raise a good story to a great one.
This book is written by a Christian with the Christian audience in mind, but it can be valuable to anyone who speaks to an audience, whether to one or a million or anywhere in-between. Particularly, sections one and two are applicable to all public storytelling engagements. Even the third section can be valuable as case studies on how to turn written materials that may not initially strike the reader as a story, into an engaging story that can be told to an audience.
I highly recommend this book for all public speakers, but especially for pastors and church teaching staff. Rating 5 of 5 stars.
Review Mark Kubo, Net Galley, October 21, 2013
In The Art of Storytelling, John Walsh clearly demonstrates that storytelling is one of the most effective ways to connect with people's hearts and minds.
Walsh's valuable insights from a lifetime of storytelling are applicable to parents (who want to capture their children's imaginations), business men (who want to impart their vision to clients and associates), teachers (who want students to think on their own), public speakers (who want to improve their skills), actors and writers (who want their characters to speak volumes - even without words), and anyone who wants to improve their personal conversation skills.
Walsh packs much from his storytelling workshops into this clear, easy to read guide.
The author makes elusive communication concepts simple to understand, and he gives helpful advice for practical questions like - What do you with your hands while you speak? and How do I handle nervousness?
Towards the end of the book, Walsh talks about BibleTelling - using storytelling techniques to communicate Bible stories. In this section, Walsh explains why Bible teachers should not just give the point of the story away (which teachers are frequently tempted to do). Instead, Walsh shows teachers how to harness the power of storytelling to draw people in and get them to think on their own. As a result, life-changing connections are made!
Review by David Rainey, Net Galley, October 22, 2013
MazzouSt. Louis, MOAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good for storytellers and anybody who talks!March 24, 2014MazzouSt. Louis, MOAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2What an interesting book!
Helpful for people eager to perfect their storytelling skills, beneficial for public speakers, and missionaries.
And even useful for just a regular person like me and you.
Because we all tell stories.
You may not think of them as such, but every incident you choose to relate to someone else is a story you have found fascinating. And you are a storyteller. It is in your power to make your stories spell-bounding and meaningful or flat and boring. I love talking with family and friends, describing to them my thoughts and discoveries. I can't wait to put the lessons presented in this 14-chapter book into practice. I am sure my personal audience will much appreciate what I have learnt!
This work by John Walsh was very easy to read; perhaps because of the unusual content, maybe because the author has an engaging style of writing. This book was not simply a textbook or ''how-to'' manual.
Walsh's personal story is inspiring: growing up wit a major stutter, he nevertheless felt called by God to the ministry of public speaking. It is interesting to see how God helped him overcome, for the most part, his weakness.
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Wished I Had Used It In SchoolFebruary 3, 2014Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have found that the reprints of books that I missed the first time can be a real eye-opener. Such is the case of this book, originally published in 2003 and republished in 2014. I was introduced to "speech" writing during my senior year of high school. Three years later, my college degree also required a course in speech. I actually took two - one on the theory of communication and the second a more traditional speech course. We were required to present our in class speeches without notes - an exercise I hated at the time. My opinion changed the next summer when I was asked to tell a bit of my life story to a group of 100 peers - except when I got to the front of the group, I had forgotten my notes. I have always wished I had gone back and told my speech teacher "Thank You." I did not - perhaps this review can serve as a virtual "Thank You" to that experience.
My education in speech writing was no over - homiletics (sermon preparation) was a requirement as part of my seminary education. With four courses under my belt, I figured my education was over. At least until I stumbled upon John Walsh's book The Art of Storytelling. None of my education had taught me to prepare a story for presentation. John Walsh had now done that.
In more recent years the use of the "Narrative Sermon" has made the art of storytelling an increasingly important skill for the person serving in the pulpit.
The Art of Storytelling is as much book about storytelling as it is a textbook - including step by step by step instructions and practical exercises throughout for the student, whether in the classroom or as an independent learner, to experience each of the 13/14 steps outlined in the book.
The steps are divided into three parts:
Steps to Crafting A Captivating Story
Tools for Presenting A Captivating Story
Each steps includes three kinds of instruction. They begin with the principles - some with more details than others, but specific guidance is provided in carrying out each step. This is followed by an example illustrating how the author has applied the principles of the step - including the occasional misstep that he found in preparing the story for presentation. The author follows the preparation of a single story throughout the book. Finally, a number of practical exercises complete each chapter, as mentioned earlier - practical exercises that can be used by the teacher in a formal classroom or by the independent learner of the experience storytelling.
I would like to see this book be adopted as a required ancillary text in the seminary homiletics classroom - where each student must prepare at least one narrative sermon. I would require the book as part of the education of every student in a speech course as well. Storytelling is not just a formal activity for the professional speaker, but a skill that would be of use to every parent, grandparent, aunt, and uncle.
As the reader might perceive, I enjoyed my walk through this book. The author's own testimony demonstrates its usefulness in the formal classroom; my own experience testifies to its usefulness for the independent learner. Each of us can become a better storyteller - allow John Walsh to guide you on that experience.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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