The Story Teller #3 – Making The Story Your Own!

Taking the foundation of Story Telling already covered in “The Story Teller #1 – You the Teacher”. We now look a bit deeper at Internalising the story.

In order for you, the storyteller to internalise a story and then to be able tell it from memory, it needs to be your story.

Somehow, somewhere you need to connect with the story and it needs to speak to you. Otherwise when you tell that story, it is no more than just a history lesson.

Stories are meant to teach something and you need to be the first pupil. Every one of us are God’s idea and He knows the plans He has for us as individuals. By letting the Holy Spirit teach you from the story, you then are pliable clay in the master potters hands.

By allowing the stories to touch your life, you will flourish, which is God’s gift to you. Flourishing is God’s gift and plan for your life and when you do flourish you are in harmony with God.

That harmony brings growth and out of the fullness of your being you will tell that story in a way that God can use it to speak and to teach those listening, each finding the meaning for their own hearts that God intended so that they can flourish and to grow.

You then become a mighty instrument for the kingdom. God enables you to tell Stories so that you can cause others to flourish and to grow into the person God wants them to be.

The story teller needs to prepare in advance and avoid just memorizing, which has no lasting value to the teller or to the listeners, as it will fade from memory.

Intenalizing a story

1) Read the story through once out loud, in order to get it off the page, onto your tounge, and into the air.
(This helps you to overcome the fear of speaking and gets you used to hearing your own voice)

2) Identifying the structure of ther story.
• Context: establishing what the
Key – Elements are (Place, time & main characters)
• Key – Person (who is the story about)
• Key – Location (where is the focal place)
• Key – Repetition (what are the repeated words or phrases)</em)
• Key – Attitudes (look for body language as well as spoken emotion)
• Initial – Problem
• Sequence of events
• Final-situation

Read through the story out loud again thinking of these things and giving it some expression in your voice.

3) Go through the story again looking for the stories within the story.

4) Look for links that tie each story together

5) Look for the repeated words or thoughts

6) What is the thing that grabs your attention in each story. “The hook”

7) What is the conclusion of the story

8) Visualise the story in your mind

9) Re-read the story trying to visualise:

¤the sights
¤ the sounds
¤ the smells
¤the tastes
¤the feelings and evident emotions

Once yoiu understand each character, it becomes easier to tell their story and this helps you to remember what the story is about.

Once you have the characters sorted out in your mind and heart, you need to find the sequence of the story and then let it all flow together.


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