Storytelling is not just about entertaining people, it’s about connecting. It’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about it. I love connecting with people in a very real way, especially when I share one of my personal stories.
When I teach people how to tell their stories, I learn a lot about them. What makes them tick, what their lives are like, what their quirks are and more. I have to build trust with my students very quickly so they know that their stories, no matter how outlandish or tragic, are safe with me. Free from judgment.
Based on the feedback I recently got from my students who took my winter Storytelling Fun-0-1 classes, I definitely earned their trust and that felt great.
Last night my Storytelling Fun-0-1 classes had their final performance after their respective six week classes. I was excited for them to present their stories that they’ve worked so hard on in front of a live audience.
I knew that they’d rise to the occasion and I trusted that they’d be fine, but what I didn’t know was just how well they would do. They truly all blew me away with how they took my notes and in some cases made so many changes in less than 24 hours, but just crushed it when they took the stage.
It was a great reminder of the trust that flows within the classroom that’s so critical to the success of not just my students, but any student experience.
Before I get too farklempt, I’d like to share how proud I am of how each one of them did last night and how I trust they’ll go on to become excellent storytellers. :)
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