Speakers Practice Storytelling Techniques Learned from Talking to Kids

ByBill Belew

Speakers Practice Storytelling Techniques Learned from Talking to Kids

Show Don't Tell

Show Don’t Tell

Kids love a good story. It’s not a secret, but so do big kids, you know those who are often disguised as adults.

It is worth considering what it is that kids love about a good story, then applying those techniques to our own storytelling when we are in front of a crowd.


Alliteration: Preachers use this a lot – each point of their message starts with the same letter.

Acronyms: The first letter of the points in your talk spell out a memorable word.

Rhyme and Rhythm: Think catchy, like diddies and jingles.

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Funny names: There are sites devoted to this.

Distinctive Voices: I don’t do impressions, but I can do emotions.

Exaggeration: your voice, your feelings, your sensations, soooo, veerryyy.

Putting your audience or yourself in a story: I don’t poke fun at others any more. But I can make others the hero in my story.

Repetition: Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. Remind them from time to time what you are telling them. Then tell them what you told them.

Anthropomorphization: Giving animation, voice and movement, to inanimate objects.

Giving Characters the Stage: Was it Twain who said, “Don’t tell me the lady screamed. Bring her up on stage and let me hear her scream?”

Simple techniques? Not really.

Effective? Really.




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Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

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