Tell a story.

It’s important to tell a story well, whether you’re telling a joke, a fairy tale, or trying to convince someone.This skill is learned for some and comes naturally for others.As your guide, you can learn to tell a better, more engaging story with wikiHow.Get started with Step 1 below.

Step 1: Don’t be boring to your audience.

Start your story by interacting with your audience.Ask them a question that relates to the conclusion, twist, or context of the story you’re going to tell.Setting your hook, the equivalent of a click-bait headline, is a grabbing statement you can make.The idea of your story makes them want to hear more.Have you ever wondered why the moth chases the flame?I have a college roommate story that ends all roommate stories.Let’s say it involves a toilet.

Step 2: The scene should be built.

You want to create an experience that is not static.You want your audience to feel like they’re in the story.When you start your story, give them context.They can picture the action and feel it by using details.Carefully tailoring your language is one of the things you’ll want to do.A funny story example: “I’m sort of the quiet, owns- multiple-cats type, right?”My roommate was very much like that.

Step 3: Release tension by building it.

The beginning of a story should be building tension and releasing tension until the end of the story.There should be a release of tension between the tension points.A story can feel rushed without this release of tension.There are moments in real life when things happen to us.Stories should too.This release can be a description of the scene, or a joke if the story is meant to be funny.”Moth approached the tall, white pillar and there was Flame, burning in her glory.”He felt a tug of love around his stomach.Of course, heroes don’t rescue their princesses in the same day, and Moth spent a lot of moonlit nights falling in love with Flame.It was a new year and we moved into a nice neighborhood.I’m pretty sure I will attend DEFCON 1 at all times.It’s good for the blood pressure.

Step 4: Don’t think about what’s important.

It is important to include details when telling a story.You don’t want the story to beambling.It’s important to focus on what is important.Leave the details that don’t matter for the story.As time allows, keep the details that go furthest to create proper pacing or set the scene, but adjust as necessary to meet the reactions of your audience.If they start to seem bored, speed it up and get the necessities.

Step 5: The flow should be logical.

It is important to know your story and practice it.You know the person who tells a story and then forgets to mention it?Don’t be that guy.Don’t back down.The experience of the story is broken by this.Tell the story logically and smoothly.If you forget a detail, weave it back in to the story.The PiedPiper wasn’t just after the town’s money for no reason.They went back on a deal they had made with him.

Step 6: It should feel conclusive.

It’s awkward when an audience doesn’t know if you’re done or not.Ask a question and give an answer are two examples of ways to do this.How crazy is that?I’m sure I won’t try that again.The moral should be stated.This is an excellent example of why you shouldn’t take your cat to work.Tone and voice should be used with care.At the end of the story, you should slow down and lower your voice to show that you’re done.

Step 7: You can create a character.

The people in the story should feel different.The annoying parts of the story can be skipped if you act differently.You can make the story more interesting.For different people in the story, use accents, speech patterns, and voices.Being silly with the voices can add value.Add in extras to the dialogue like “Relevant part of the story” and describe your father’s voice with an overly deep, gruff sound.I am going to build a deck in the garage.Part of a deck.Maybe I will watch a show where they build a deck.

Step 8: Make your story big or small.

You should match the way your voice sounds to how you want the story to end.Depending on where you are in the story, change your pitch, tone, and volume to make it seem more exciting.As you build toward the conclusion, increase your speed and volume.When you say the conclusion, slow down.Dramatic pauses are something you should experiment with.A look and a moment of silence can add to a person’s experience of a story.

Step 9: You can control your face.

If you want to become a great storyteller, you need to master your ability to create and change facial expressions to match what you’re saying.The entire story should be acted out by your face.If you want to learn from the master, you should watch a lot of John Stewart’s videos.There are more than 3 flavors of facial expressions.By using specific facial expressions, you can convey complex emotions.

Step 10: Talk with your hands.

Talking with your hands can make you seem like a really boring story teller, and someone who commands the room with a story.Emotions are conveyed by hands.Our audience is kept focused by hands.A feeling of action can be created by hands.Start talking with your hands when you tell a story if you don’t use your body in any other way.You don’t want to go over the top.Don’t hit anyone in the face with your drink.Do you want to knock your drink into your face?

Step 11: The story needs to be acted out.

You can act out the story by moving your whole body.If you use your body at key points in the story, you don’t have to reenact every motion.You can use this to great effect.Stock gestures, such as the Groucho Marx eyebrow lift or the Rodney Dangerfield collar tug, can add extra silliness to a story.

Step 12: It’s practice.

Before you tell a story to other people, practice telling it a few times.Then tell the story to a few people that don’t matter much.When to add in dramatic pauses and when to engage that big, building tone of excitement are things you want to know.

Step 13: Don’t forget your story.

When you’re telling the story, make sure you know it backwards and forwards.This will help keep you from missing important details.If someone hears the story more than once, it’s important to keep it consistent.

Step 14: Don’t be afraid to be authentic.

Don’t make your stories about fish.Each time you tell it, it gets more dramatic and more epic, and the details change to become more mythic and characters become less and less real.Listeners listen to a story like this.If you want people to enjoy your story, reel it in and keep it authentic.

Step 15: It’s up to you to control the environment.

If you can, you want to tell your story and have time to do it.The best story can be ruined if you have to stop constantly.Make sure the environment is not too loud.Direct the attention back to you if someone tries to steal it.

Step 16: Allow for interaction.

A listener’s experience of a story gets better if they are able to interact with it.If you want to step up your story, you can ask your audience questions or find other ways to interact with it.

Step 17: You can respond to your audience.

Being able to respond to your audience is the most important skill.Wrap or step it up if they start to get bored.If they enjoy a particular part, build on that.Give them room to laugh if they’re laughing.It’s difficult, but telling your story around the experience of your audience will make you a great storyteller.