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The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals Lecture

The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

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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.

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

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    CrazyOldGuy 04-08-16
    CrazyOldGuy 04-08-16
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    "Fanastic Story Teller and Informative Teacher"
    What did you love best about The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals?

    Ms. Harvey was enjoyable to follow, addictive to listen to actually.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The authors story telling, she made every story the greatest ever told, hard to describe in other words.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The importance of oral stories and their diverse meanings to each person.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 02-11-16
    Lee 02-11-16
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    "Great Cource"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Bookreader 07-28-15
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    "Exceptional Learning Experience"
    If you could sum up The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely enlightening useful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Professor Hannah B. Harvey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dr. Harvey has great voice inflection and you need to listen to actual stories to understand and appreciate the oral techniques that she teaches.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cfpaige 05-29-15
    cfpaige 05-29-15
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    "Great storytelling, poor series of lectures"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evan James 09-06-14
    Evan James 09-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful"

    This is by far the worst Great Courses course I have ever bought. Prof. Harvey's family stories are trite and uninteresting. She has an awful habit of grunting, snorting and sniffing. She can't seem to differentiate between children's stories and adult stories. She advises not to use accents, and then randomly and bizarrely (she cannot say "fairy" without resorting to her awful accent), tries to use a Scottish accent, which she claims she is capable of. She isn't. In short, she is overbearing. I could not finish the course.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    MW 05-12-14
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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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    Patrick 11-14-13
    Patrick 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply Brilliant"
    What did you love best about The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals?

    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.


    What does Professor Hannah B. Harvey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    All of the emotion and inflections that are difficult to convey in the written word


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a manual for anybody who needs to tell stories, whether it's personal, business, social or political.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Devin 12-29-14
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    "Informative and engaging"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 12-30-13
    Deep Reader 12-30-13
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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.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    benjamin 09-12-17
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    "Great Course (Doesn't understand bad reviews)"

    Excellent material for anyone interested in expanding their story telling capabilities or even public speaking skills. The only limiting factor is this is in audio format and doesn't allow one to visualize what some of her examples are. I have bought a copy of this for a friend/relative. I will be purchasing her other lecture series on children story telling next.

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