The Structure Introduction: Introduce the story by telling what kind of story it is Beginning: How the story started The Story: The main events related in order The End: What has changed or how things are now Moral: Final comments or moral conclusions about the story
Ask yourself these questions Think of a story that has happened to you or a friend of yours that is remarkable. What happened? Was this a happy or sad story? Why? What were the main events of the story? In what order did they happen? How have things changed because of this story? What are things like now? What lessons did you learn from the story?
Situations in which you can tell a story: Talking about your past to a friend Giving details about something that happened during a job interview Relating information about your family to your children Telling colleagues about what happened on a business trip
Important Skills Sequencing Interruptions Events occurring at the same time Ending
Sequencing To begin with, Firstly, First of all, To start off with, Initially,
Sequencing Then, After that, Next, As soon as / When + full clause, ... but then Immediately,
Interruptions/New Elements Suddenly, Unexpectedly, All of the sudden, See, the thing is… Keep in mind…
Events Occurring at the Same Time While / As + full clause During + noun (noun clause)
Ending Finally, In the end, Eventually, Lastly,
Telling an Anecdote Make sure to tell all the important details and tell them in order. Practice telling your story at least twice - the second time in front of a mirror. If possible, record your voice. Look at your audience. Be confident. Smile! Make sure everyone can hear you. Speak clearly. Be dramatic! Use your face, your voice, and your body to show how you feel. Use your voice to build suspense.
Resources Storytelling FAQ Ira Glass on Storytelling (for Broadcasting) An uncle telling an anecdote Funny Story (anecdote) Personal Anecdote: Playground Nicknames Telling Stories for a Living Go Karts