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What is storytelling We stand here with an effort of bringing in stories to you, the stories which are cocooned within themselves. We gather stories from people from different fields of life, that can simply have an impact -

2020-12-24

We stand here with an effort of bringing in stories to you, the stories which are cocooned within themselves. We gather stories from people from different fields of life, that can simply have an impact - be it personal, professional, social, or any other fields.

A research by Stanford shows that statistics alone have a retention rate of 5% to 10%. The figures went as high as 60% to 70% when supported with an anecdote. That is perhaps why you remember the story of your friend’s birthday party (that you missed) but may have to double check your friend’s age. Many of us may believe that it takes a natural talent or a gift to be a captivating storyteller. Disregard this idea. While storytelling may come more naturally to some, it can be learnt and like any other craft can be aced through prolonged learning and practice. Here are four essentials for an unforgettable storytelling experience. 1. What is the one thing you want your audience to take away? If there was one takeaway to choose from your story, what would that be? Certainly, there can be more than one objective to a story, but it helps to narrow down and prioritize your objective as a storyteller. Is your aim to persuade, inform, inspire or all of these and more? Clear focus helps in avoiding unnecessary details which do not add value to your story. 2. A story without a conflict is non-existent Conflicts can be big and small, but they exist just the same. Every story has a conflict at its center. There’s a character that wants something. The conflict in your story will be the reason the story exists. Without conflicts, stories are non-existent. These conflicts can be external or internal. External conflicts deal with external forces (society, the world in general) and internal conflict exists inside the character (emotions, feelings). No matter how small, a conflict is the heart of the story. Nakim Uddin, founder of Team Quest, faced many conflicts as when he had to make a choice to give it all in or not for what has now become QFX. Conflicts can also be viewed as opportunity costs that one must face. Resources are limited and human wants are endless. Opportunity costs are inevitable and so are conflicts. 3. Your uniqueness comes from the details We gain our uniqueness from the details of our lives that we live. Without these unique details, our lives would be replicating birth and death cycle over and over again. When you tell a story, the details help paint a realistic picture. How Suryaman Shakya, Former Member Secretary of Environment Protection Council felt after returning back from the United States with an almost useless degree in Nepal is unique to his perspective. How you feel at a certain point it completely up to you. And that detail must be a part of your story. But how much detail is too much detail? This must also be considered by leaving out unnecessary details that do not advance your story or add value to it. 4. You are your story It is often overwhelming to see amazing storytellers captivate the audience with their personality and expertise. But do not forget that you are your story. Telling about your experiences will make it stronger, believable and relatable to the audience. This will also create a special connection and bonding which is a powerful tool in engaging and gaining undivided attention of your audience. Talking about your experience can be a daunting task at times, but it is doable. Just like fingerprints no two stories are alike. A fair amount of practice and learning is the essence of good storytelling but it has to begin somewhere. With these essentials at your hand, you are ready to give your story a go and share it with the world!