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The Giving Tree

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I gave a speech about the Giving Tree for the Toastmasters Stortelling Manual, project# 1. This was one of my favorite stroies as a kid and I shared it with my own kids (thanks to a gift from my youngest sister. I gave the speech once at my home club and once at a club in Frankfurt Germany.

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The Giving Tree

  1. 1. The Giving Tree:Story Telling Project# 1Darryl Heronhttp://about.me/darrylheron18 March, 2013
  2. 2. I gave a speech as part of Project #1 from theToastmasters Storytelling Manual which is the basisfor this presentation…..I gave the speech at my home club (Word Weavers ofWiesbaden, Germany) and at Esprit de Corps ofFrankfurt, GermanyThe speech at Esprit de Corps was a target speechused for their club evaluation contestAbout this Presentation
  3. 3. Shel Silverstein firstpublished The Giving Treein 1964.Lived from September 25,1930 to May 8, 1999 hewas 68 when he died3
  4. 4. As a kid loved I loved to be told & read stories by myparentsGood parents put a little of themselves in the storiesthey tell & readMy sister gave a copy to my oldest daughter & I‘ve readit to my daughtersIntroduction
  5. 5. Books‘ meaning can change as we changeThe story of „The Giving Tree“ is one that we can allrelate toThe story is more bittersweet for those of us with kidsIntroduction continued
  6. 6. As you experience the story you might think about theimpact of man on nature and the world around usHow do our decissions impact the world around us?What happens when all of our resources are no longeravailable for other people and nature to use?Now I begin the story, I hope that you enjoy it!One More Point
  7. 7. The Story…..
  8. 8. There once was a tree & she loved a boy very much…..The boy played with the tree every dayAnd the boy loved the treeAnd the tree was happy….
  9. 9. The boy becomes a teenager & visits less & lessoften…..The boy comes back & wants moneyTree has no money but offters her apples for the boy tosellBoy takes applesAnd the tree was happy….
  10. 10. The boy stays away a long time…..Now he wants a houseThe tree offers her branches to build a houseBoy takes branches & builds houseAnd the tree was happy….
  11. 11. The boy stays away along time…..He comes back & wants a boatTree offers trunk for boatBoy takes trunk and builds boatAnd the tree was happy….But not really….
  12. 12. After a long long time the boy returns…..Tree has nothing left to offer the boyBoy only wants to sit & restTree tells boy to sit & rest…Boy doesAnd the tree was happy….
  13. 13. Parents can relate to the scarfices of the tree, we‘d domost anything for them, we want them to be happy, &we want to be a part of their lives as they growolder…..Maybe you were in a relationship, either the onehanging on or the one looking for moreConclusion
  14. 14. Controversy about interpretation of ths story:Was the tree self-sacraficing or selfless?Is the boy selfish or reasonable in his demands from thetree?How do you see the relationship betwen the tree andthe boy?Conclusion Continued
  15. 15. What elements of the story ring with environmentaltopics that we talk about today?What role does stewardship play with people today?What is man‘s responsibility towards other people andnature?Are there other environmental questions that the storyraises for you?Environmental Impact of the Story?
  16. 16. I really like this project from the Storytelling manual. Icould see that the audience connected with the storyon the two times that I delivered it as a Storytellingspeech.I hope that you can find a story that you can deliver withheart and feeling, you‘ll then have a good chance toconnect with your audience...Final Words
  17. 17. About.mehttp://about.me/darrylheronLinkedIn:http://de.linkedin.com/in/darrylheron/Darryl Heron‘s presentations onSlideSharehttp://www.slideshare.net/darrylheronEmail me:mailto:darrylheron@about.meBe Sure to Check Out…

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