by Helen Curran

At a recent work event, a presenter told us a few stories, including one about Roger Bannister’s and team’s four-minute mile, which I enjoyed. It’s a great story, especially when you consider the sacrifices made by the two pacesetters to achieve this sporting goal, but I was irresistibly reminded of Helen’s words about why she tells stories. PL

There is a lot of noise on the Internet about the power of stories. There are claims that nothing moves us like stories, nothing connects us like stories, nothing sells stuff as well as stories. There are experts who can teach us to give better presentations through the power of stories, books on sale at airports on how to boost sales through stories and gurus who can improve your life with stories. Storytelling has become big business. I sell my workshop on storytelling by appealing to my students’ baser desires. “Learn to stand up and speak without a script,” say I. I am as guilty as the gurus in that respect, but all I am selling is the chance to discover the world of storytelling. Continue reading “Let me tell you a story”