Let's face it. If you want to get good at something, you'll have to practice it. Just like an actor learning his lines, you'll have to learn your story.
The best example of this is in the movie "Reservoir Dogs" when Tim Roth's character, an undercover policeman, must learn to tell a story to win over the gangsters he's trying to infiltrate. Just like him, you will need to learn how to tell your stories the best.
Some people think that the ability to tell a good story has to come naturally, which is absolutely untrue. Everything worthwhile takes practice and storytelling is no different.
If you look at men who are naturals with women, pay attention to how they tell their stories. They will often tell the same stories, again and again, to every woman they meet. Every time they tell the story, it will get better and better until they've perfected the telling of it.
You can do things the same way, or you can prepare before you go out. I recommend this because it helps to practice in private before opening up your story to the scrutiny of others.
When you've created a story, you need to memorize it. It will take a few hours spread over time. I recommend you write out the story first. Then, read it silently and try to see the story in your mind's eye by visualizing it as a series of pictures.
Next, learn it by reading it aloud repeatedly, enjoying the words and the sound of the phrases.
Think about words that may be new or unfamiliar to your audience and incorporate their meanings into the story so that you won't need to interrupt it during the telling to explain.
Time yourself when you read the story aloud. After you have memorized it, time yourself again. If you use less time, you are either telling it too fast or skipping parts. If it takes much longer, you are telling the story too slowly.
Tell your story to anyone who will listen. Before going to bed, read it aloud again. If you can, tape or videotape yourself telling the story.
Once you've memorized the story, you are ready to tell it. Be sure of your sequence of events and practice out loud, in front of a mirror if possible, until you are used to the sound of your own voice and gestures. Watching yourself in the mirror as you tell your story is a great way to work out your facial expressions and gestures. Try to devote some time to it.
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