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The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals | [The Great Courses]

The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

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.
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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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    MW SAPULPA, OK, United States 05-12-14
    MW SAPULPA, OK, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very informative and useful"
    Where does The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 12-30-13
    Saud 12-30-13

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Verbal Storytelling and Presentation Skills"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Grunberg Hollywood, USA 03-10-15
    Henry Grunberg Hollywood, USA 03-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A live changing experience"

    Hour of great content. A master teacher leads the course to unexpected places. 100% recommended
    Do not think it over. Buy you will not regret.

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    Talal 02-16-15
    Talal 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptionally informative"

    If I had a fairy godmother of storytelling it would be her, great work and advise.
    Live long and prosper

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    Corey 09-20-14
    Corey 09-20-14
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    "Make you bedtime stories shine."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are interested in making the stories you tell deeper, and your performance more entertaining while telling them, this may help you.

    I do believe this would be much better with a hard-copy of at least a syllabus.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Mcateer Moorpark, CA USA 03-19-14
    Greg Mcateer Moorpark, CA USA 03-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Could not finish it..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing...I take the blame for choosing a topic not suited to me.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I just don't think it was a good match.


    What didn’t you like about Professor Hannah B. Harvey’s performance?

    It comes across too cute...too contrived.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    annoyance


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 11-02-14
    Shannon 11-02-14 Member Since 2013

    I love listening and usually get in at least three hours a day. I like fiction, biographies and medical non-fiction.

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    "Some good tips and annoying mannerisms"

    I bought this hoping to improve my own storytelling skills. Professor Harvey did have some good suggestions for preparing stories that may prove useful to me. She also had quite a few annoying habits that set my teeth on edge.

    In many of the lectures, she asks us to "give ourselves permission to play" by changing the stories around. After the dozenth time of hearing this inane phrase, I wanted to swat her.

    She also seems to be sabotaging her own authority by negating her instructions with a concluding snort (as if she is saying "Can you believe I said that?").

    I was also annoyed by her frequent use of the word "faery", pronounced "FAEEEE- REEEEE", which she tells us she learned in Scotland is the correct pronunciation. I think actual Scots might beg to differ with her.

    This course did provide some ideas worth pursuing, but I think the cost (in time and annoyance) was not worth the benefit (a few good ideas). A list of bullet points would have served me better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-09-13
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    "Fantastic!"
    Where does The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the very top


    What other book might you compare The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals to and why?

    The Secrets of Mental Math because of the truly infectious enthusiasm that both professors bring to their lectures.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Hannah B. Harvey – was your favorite?

    Aunt May


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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