The main insights for the article are as follows:
step 1: Owning your insights
It is interesting to gather from reading step 1 that while the memory of the event does not change, the storyteller’s perspective and the personal meaning evolve over time based on the storyteller’s own experiences and the experiences of other participants of the story circles. We can learn from this part of the article that the main focus is not the story itself, but rather the storyteller. Lambert wrote this to that effect:
“I might tell the Johnny Ramirez story fifteen way over my lifetime, but the small changes, the way the story shifts in emphasis and tone, express something different about me as the author.”
“we want to help the storyteller move through a process of self-discovery about the why of their story”
“What it’s really about is the storyteller.”
Step 2: Owning your emotions
The main idea is to understand what our emotions are relating to our story and conveying those emotions in a genuine way. We need to be able to balance the emotions in the story in order to reflect honesty and credibility.
” When we, as an audience, hear a story that has an exaggerated tug to emotion, we read it as dishonesty. Conversely, if it seems devoid of emotion, without a hint of struggle or conflict, then we don’t believe it either.”
Step 3: Finding the moment
Knowing what the aha moment of the story exactly is, remains essential in shaping the story.
“by building a scene around the moment of change, the storyteller is ‘showing,’ rather than ‘telling.'”
I found very interesting the idea that in shaping the story around the moment of change the audience is lead to “a river of understanding” in which they are encouraged to jump – emotionally participating in the story.
Step 4: Seeing your story
The main idea Lambert developed in this section is the different ways we can use visual images, to tell the story. There are direct and indirect types of images that are used to illustrate stories.
Buzzwords are present is this section such as explicit vs. implicit, visual metaphors, and juxtaposition.
Another idea is that “… images have the power to reveal something to the audience that words can’t say.”
Step 5: Hearing your story
Some of the ideas from this section are:
- The more natural the voiceover narrative sounds, the better it is for pulling the audience into the story.
- Ambient sound is another way to “help create a sense of place for the audience”
- Music can “…alter our perception of visual information” and “…can enhance the style and meaning of the story’s text and visual narratives…”
Step 6: Assembling your story
The main ideas if this section are:
- Making sure that we have the right amount of details and background information.
- Balance the details so as to allow the audience to be able to understand the story but be still be able to engage and draw their own conclusion. I like the comparison of building the story’s tension, with playing with a cat.
- Closure and pacing are important to storytelling. Pacing can be a powerful tool for creating rhythm in the story.
Step 7: Sharing your story
The main idea here is to know our audience and how much information they need . This can help us decide what part of the story we should emphasize during the presentation.
Besides teaching us the 7 steps of storytelling, the article also increased my understanding of the use of the story circles. Story circles provides inspiration and are an opportunity for participants to be able to amend their thoughts and acquire insights that can affect the way they tell their stories.