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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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.
Absolutely, but not based on this course.
Baxter Black or Garrison Keillor or Bill Bryson. But I would have the narrator completely redevelop the course first.
Most of it.
Except for a very few few redeemable storytelling concepts, I find this a Not-At-All-Great Course.
Scientific illustrator and photographer that loves to knit and kayak.
The author and narrator , Professor Harvey, is from Appalachia. She tells us this about every five minutes. Her stories are about Appalachia. They are told with an Appalachian accent. The topics are related to living in Appalachia. THe characters are all appalachian
I was hoping for something that would help me professionally "tell stories" at meetings to motivate or inspire.
I work in New York City, in Marketing and listening to hours of stories about appalachia did not relate to anything in my personal or professional life.
The narrator often spoke very s l o w l y, as if she felt the listeners were not that bright or perhaps this is focused for small children.
The narrator snorts, when she sort of laughs and it is very unpleasant. She also speaks with a accented english, not standard American English. I found this distracting.
I would cut 90% of the stories about appalachia and add a variety of stories and also some real tips on storytelling.
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.
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