This exercise was born after observing too many storytellers hooked on their artistic choices for telling a story, ignoring the audience’s most basic desire as human beings. This is not to say they were not aware of the audience but they were missing out something very basic. The exercise is made out of four questions. One, the first, is actually impossible to answer without the other three, but it creates the ground for the rest.
How would you like someone to love you?
- What would you want them to feel about you?
- What would you want them to say to you?
- What would you want them to do for you?
Now, if you are working with a group, write everybody’s answers up on a large board. Right now, don’t scroll down (which I know you will but remember I told you not to) until you write down your answers to those three questions.
Everything you have written down, everything people will say in this exercise is what the audience wants from you, the storyteller.
Those are the actual words “I love you” “You are important for me” “I think you are a really special person” they want to hear.
They want you to feel “I like being in your presence” “I’m happy” “you make me feel secure” in a way they can feel too.
They want you to “give me a hug” “surprise me” “make it easier for me” and they will do the same for you.