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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing...I take the blame for choosing a topic not suited to me.
I just don't think it was a good match.
It comes across too cute...too contrived.
I love listening and usually get in at least three hours a day. I like fiction, biographies and medical non-fiction.
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.
at the very top
The Secrets of Mental Math because of the truly infectious enthusiasm that both professors bring to their lectures.
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