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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


1-Be sure when reading to your audience you present the characters personality into your story, this way you present the personalities in a very real way, and you yourself will enjoy the story as well.

2- When reading about a time frame be sure to bring that time frame into your character. Such as the Chinese dynasty, an accent of oriental flavor might work here, an English era may require more formal and rigid stance. So be sure you include that into the story.

3-When reading the narrators portion of the story change the tone of your voice, but keep that air of enthusiasm. Give each character their own voice and personality. Remember the narrator give the movement of events.

4-Like any other type of practice when it comes to showmanship, use a mirror, pretend you are looking out at your audience. Now read your story. Read to the level of the group that the story is meant for, even if the audience is mixed of that age, older and mixed family. If the story is meant for adults, use tones that would be used in general conversation among the characters with less facial expressions. Facial expressions are meant for the younger audience to get caught up in the story. The narrator is there for direction and information and tonal wise as well.

5-Turn on your educational shows for children, watch how each character speaks with the others, bring the same amount of fun and excitement to your stories when it comes to children.

6-When it comes to adults, classic movies always work to help a storyteller bring out the characters, the style and tone each uses with the others. Now put yourself into each characters part, be the character. The narrator is as clear as a bell. For that matter the entire story should be of the same quality clear and precise.

7-Go to your local library and get some taped books and listen to the way the story is read, and put the same emphasis into your stories. Take notice of all aspects the narrator and the characters in the story.

8-One of the most important parts of reading to children is to use bright and clear facial expressions., While telling the story search the room, look at each member of your audience, bring them into your story. Here is a trick for those who find looking directly at each member I
was taught that if you can't look directly at your audience look over their heads.

9-Try to put to memory as much of the story as possible, this is better when your speaking to a large group.

Practice practice practice in front of a mirror, with members of your family or friends, get constructive criticism from them, if they are honest in this regard.

11-Tape record and or video tape yourself and do a self critique, be honest and correct the mistakes, this is the time to clear away those bugs.

A: Keep a positive frame of mind
B: Keep your face animated and lively when bringing in the characters
C: Show feelings in your characters voice tone
D: There could be mid sentence character feeling changes
E:PRACTICE...PRACTICE...PRACTICE...The quickest way to Hollywood is this way...hahaha!!!
F: Read out loud and use voice tone, put your whole self into your storytelling.
G: Read as if your having a conversation.
H: Be a good performer and you will be a good storyteller.

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