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Telling a Story
October 1, 2012 |
I love telling myself stories. When I'm alone, I'll talk about interesting little things that happened during my day, and I feel terribly witty, but when I try to tell other people a story, I lose confidence, get nervous and cannot let loose. Any suggestions for how to have a good time telling a story to others?
You're trying too hard, Raj. You are rehearsing a performance that then feels awkward in the context of conversation. Performance and conversation are two different things. If I were riding in the car with my friend Tom and I launched into a Lake Wobegon monologue, I'd feel weird and so would he. When you're with other people, accept that storytelling is a ragged, impromptu, interactive piece that depends on cues from the others, does not stand alone, and, hey -- maybe you're hanging out with the Wrong People.