An absolute treat for the heart and mind, these 24 lectures demonstrate how to master the art of storytelling, offering insight into the process of crafting and delivering a tale to enhancing the stories you tell everyday - to your children at bedtime, in your conversational anecdotes, and in your presentations at work. Teachers, lawyers, clergy, coaches, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the power of stories to capture hearts and minds will benefit from these lessons.
You'll discover practical methods for building dynamic tension and capturing - then maintaining - your audience's attention. You'll acquire tips and techniques for finding, selecting, and preparing stories, whether they're based on your own experiences, time-honored folk tales, or beloved family yarns. You'll also learn to choose expressive language, craft compelling characters, refine your narrator's point of view, shape your story's plot, structure, and emotional arc, use body language to connect with your audience, and more.
Part how-to workshop, part intellectual study of the history of narrative, these lectures feature exercises that literally get you moving to develop your stories and make them more enjoyable. Professor Harvey's interactive activities and "side coaching" sessions are designed to make you comfortable enough with your story to tell it naturally and make impromptu changes as needed. You'll even learn what to do if the unexpected occurs while telling a story to a roomful of kids or giving a presentation, and about the practical considerations of using props, PowerPoint, and microphones in various scenarios.
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Ms. Harvey was enjoyable to follow, addictive to listen to actually.
The authors story telling, she made every story the greatest ever told, hard to describe in other words.
The importance of oral stories and their diverse meanings to each person.
I've read so many books in my life, listened to thousands of hours of college lectures throughout my years. This stands out, that is rare for me and maybe you...it's worth the credit and time to try it.
I enjoyed this book, anytime I can learn something new about storytelling, I jump on it. The professor does a fine job explaining the differences with regards to storytelling.
Extremely enlightening useful
Hannah, the professor who teaches this course is exceptional. She is funny, animated, extremely talented and knowledgeable. Her stories that illustrate the concepts she teaches are heartwarming and draw listeners into the techniques she teaches.
Dr. Harvey has great voice inflection and you need to listen to actual stories to understand and appreciate the oral techniques that she teaches.
Yes, I laughed many times, was really touched by some of the stories, and I am now convinced that I can be a good story teller following Dr. Harvey's instructions.
I am going to order the guidebook from Great Courses since there is no transcript. I will probably listen to the course again with the guidebook and take notes.
Performed with gusto and an obvious passion for stories, this series is abysmally light on substance. Each chapter summary will have you think, "This sounds amazing!" just as you realize the lecture didn't deliver. Often, it's because the lecturer gets so excited about her own skill, she reduces the lesson to, "Try to see what I did there. You just have to feel it."
Personally, I've also struggled with the lecturer's ticks, especially the ubiquitous laugh/snort she seems to use instead of punctuation, sometimes following stories that are not at all amusing. Which feeds into a greater problem, that of her seeming inability to see that establishing what a story is about to you doesn't give you the right to pull the rug from under the listener. A pet trick of hers seems to be telling a story as a joke, just to deliver a morbid ending that has not been foreshadowed at all. Finally, no matter what kind of a story she is telling, there is only one way she delivers them all. It gets tiresome.
Fun collection of stories. Not particularly useful for becoming a better storyteller yourself.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, and I try to choose books that are going to be informative, helpful, and entertaining.
Professor Harvey and her host of helpers were great to listen to, as they get into character it helped me to know how to get in character
I was moved throughout the book but the opening story does what an opening story ought to do, it takes something simple, and makes it seem as big as the world and as big as you and I.
It's not just the who, why, what, where and when of story. but also how to do it.
This book gives you all the frameworks and templates to create your story.
All of the emotion and inflections that are difficult to convey in the written word
This is a manual for anybody who needs to tell stories, whether it's personal, business, social or political.
I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture series and found it to be very useful indeed. As a volunteer storyteller at my local library, I was able to pick up several tips relating to the craft. The lecturer is clearly very passionate about the art of storytelling and delivered each lecture with great enthusiasm.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
Aside from the professor going high pitched or overly dramatic to present a point, this makes for an excellent listen for anyone interested in storytelling or public speaking skills.
And even if you don't think you need to tell stories, it gives useful skills on how to hold people's attention in public speeches.
I wasn't interested in hearing the author's stories. I was hoping to hear how to create effective stories. There is very little to no technique or teaching given in this course.
It wasn't a course at all. It was just a lady telling stories.
She just told personal stories that I don't relate to.
I didn't think her stories were relevant or effective.
I'm interested in this topic and hope you'll find another teacher that is more didactic.
This was one of the worst audiobooks I have ever endured. There was perhaps 30 minutes of good content, lost within the long hours of filler. Worse yet, the narrator has a horrible habit of snorting into the microphone when she feels that she has made a joke. It started off being distracting, then became annoying and finally became unbearable.
There are many better books on this topic. Chose one of them instead.
"Storytelling, as taught by a poor story teller."
I really wanted to get in to this course, but I can't get over the poor storytelling skills of the tutor. Although she knows what it technically means to be a good storyteller, her application of those things she tries to teach and her cringe-worthy, nerve-jarring use of accents and dialects (most notable is her attempt at a Scottish accent, something she claims to have had coaching on. I don't know by who, but I don't believe they were Scottish) makes me completely lose trust in what she has to teach. One of the most annoying things about the whole audio book is when she exhales in a short blast through her nose at something she finds humorous - which generally isn't humorous at all, it's almost a confidence issue and does it through nerves (much like somebody might say 'urr' and 'umm' a lot when they are nervous). She does this a lot.
It very much feels like the subheading should have the "to Professionals" part taken out, as it does not feel like her performance style should be aimed at anyone older than early teens.
If she taught the essentials with a better storyteller performing the actual story parts, it would be a much better listen.
I certainly would, as they have some great courses in their catalogue.
Based on my experience with this book I very much doubt that I would.
There will probably be plenty of listeners who have learnt something from this book, unfortunately if I can bare to finish the last 1/5 of it I am not likely to be one of them.
I found this book useful, with some really good insights. However I did find it a bit tedious at times. It could be a cultural difference between British and American Styles of story telling / listening. A preview of the points she is making would have been useful as it is not always apparent.
"informative, instructive and brill!"
this course gives the listener a solid framework for understanding storytelling and how it reaches others
"Erudite and Inspirational"
This book brought me back to my long forgotten love of storytelling. It provides practical ideas of how to structure the creative energy of the story as well as practical advice on voice control, memorizing and connecting with the audience. I am definitely going to listen to this again and again.
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