It's Your Story



That is the way it happened for everyone. The for some it was a long time ago.  For others not so far back.  For many it happened in lands far away, and for others near where they now live.   It happened somewhere between the ages of one and two.  You reached out and grasped the first one. And for the next several years you collected more, and more of them.  Clutching them, absorbing them, holding onto them; Words.


Until about age 5 you were in the stage Maria Montessori referred to as the absorbent mind stage. Then somewhere about age 5 your brain began to change. All of the words that you had grasped, absorbed the meaning of, and held on to, came into focus.  The development of abstract thought and cognitive thinking had begun.  You are now making associations with who and when, when and where, where and what, what and how, and how and why, in a great circle of logic and reasoning. From that day forward, and until your final utterance  you became, and will remain, a storyteller.


For each and every day you are asked questions. “How are you doing?”  “What if you been up to?” “How are your holidays?” “How will you spend the coming holidays?” “What do you do?” “Where are you from?” And on and on. Every time, you respond with a story.  There is no question that  you are a storyteller, now and until the end of your days.


But that does not mean there are no questions.  The questions are “are you an interesting storyteller?” “Are you an engaging storyteller?” “are you a memorable storyteller?”  Or, do people’s eyes glaze over when you speak? Do they look like they are pretending to listen, as the patiently wait their turn to speak?


Would it be worth it to get better at something that matters?  Something that you will do for the rest of your life, no matter what?  What would you do to get better at telling your stories?  How might it improve relationships, your work, your leisure time with friends and family? Would it be worth it to and be able to tell a joke, or relate funny incident that you observed and have people laugh honestly?


How can you get better at storytelling? The answer is to learn the basics, engage in deliberate practice, and get immediate coaching and feedback on your skill building efforts.  Where can you do this at next to no cost? At San Mateo Storytellers, where the tuition is low and the rewards are high.


Would it be worth it to spend two hours, twice a month, with like-minded friends, who are also striving to be better storytellers?  What might you stand to gain? What might you miss out on if you don’t? 


Come, be our guest, put our stories to the test

it might be good, it might be better,

it might be best, perhaps an answer to your quest!


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