Tell me a story is what I say instead of “Hi, how are you?” My friend finally understood what I mean and how important story telling is when he attended the Toastmaster International 2017 held in Vancouver last week. Toastmaster is about storytelling. One doesn’t have to join an élite club to figure this out.
Recently, I received this e-mail from him subject “This story has a picture.”
It’s a sketching of him and a child. A child that prefers structure rather than be with rambunctious other children. The other children are in the pool and she stayed behind inside the house. When he noticed that she’s all by herself, he spent time with her and they did sketching. They had the most amazing time as Uncle and niece.
Then the children came in, had enough of water fight and took over the sketching.
When it comes to sketches, I can see the difference the working of a child and an adult. A child’s drawing is plain and simple. As an adult with so much information stored in the brain, the length of the root system is as tall as a tree.
Another structure of a relationship is all about storytelling. Life is a story and I love listening to people’s stories. Even the dull and ignorant, they have stories.
“All tales, then, are at some level a journey into the woods to find the missing part of us, to retrieve it and make ourselves whole. Storytelling is as simple – and complex – as that. That’s the pattern. That’s how we tell stories.”
― John Yorke,