Learn How to Cook Your Stories
What makes a good story? What about that time you escaped from pirates on the high seas? Oh, that didn’t happen? You don’t have to live a life of adventure to have a great story. In fact, the best story tellers live very ordinary lives. The only difference is that good story tellers are able to portray the events in a more interesting and humorous fashion.
A Raw story is simply a retelling of events as they were in purely objective fashion. For example:
“Last week I was riding the bus and this large man came in and sat next to me. There wasn’t much room once he sat next to me. I was next to him for an hour and a half.”
Most poor conversationalists tell stories like that.
But a Cooked story transforms the events into something more appetizing by adding delicious spices and sauces. Cooked stories include your feelings, reactions, inner thoughts, colorful descriptions, other people’s reactions, comparisons/analogies, etc. Let’s go ahead and cook the raw story about riding on a bus next to a large man:
“Last week I was riding the bus and this very large man walked in and came towards me. I was sitting there thinking, “Please, please, don’t sit next to me, I’m claustrophobic!” But of course, being the friendly looking person that I am, he chose to sit next to me. Now I’m a very accepting person and open to people of all sizes, but not when it comes to sitting on a bus. I turn into a jerk. You can call me a bus jerk if you want, I don’t care. Let’s just say I became very intimate with the bus window I was squished against for almost two hours. I think it’s time to buy a car!”
Even stories about riding the bus can be incredibly entertaining if re-told in a certain way. The possibilities are endless. In other posts, and in my books/training, I break down each element of the story so you can learn the additional storytelling techniques.