I’m a storyteller. What do I need to improve on? | Agora 2014 resolution

By Limor Shiponi The real question, posed by a someone who arrived to “check out” the possibility of joining an intermediate storytelling course, sounded slightly different – I’m a storyteller. What do I need to improve on?!!! I had a bold answer which I didn’t speak-up. Instead, I used my Jewish birth-right to answer a question with another question, “are …

If you want to learn storytelling keep away from the internet

By Limor Shiponi The above claim isn’t only about the loads of misleading information, irrelevant and damaging applications the web is stuffed with; my deeper claim is that you can learn about storytelling on the net, but you can’t learn storytelling. The medium, together with the devices we use to facilitate it, aren’t fit for the purpose. The internet disrupts …

Deeper into the narrative

By Limor Shiponi We opened the session with a “pulse check”, meaning – I wanted to know about ideas arriving during the week, reflections or anything else that might be relevant to the process. Reading and listening opened up a new set of pictures for me. They are different than what I had in mind before. I can see the …

Storytelling tips | How to handle characters too complex for telling

By Limor Shiponi David Ben-Gurion is such a character. The scope of his actions, time and place in history, the background story, his personality and the mixed feelings people have about him, all make his character just too complex to tell a single story about. The only people who sound authentic talking about him are people who knew him first …

Storytelling Brain-Gym | Limor Shiponi

By Limor Shiponi There’s this book about a boy who received a book about a place in the real world which he enters (the boy in the book who received the book) is search of a legendary creature. I’m going to tell the story about that boy (the boy in the book who received the book) to a group of …

In search of a storytelling ‘grid’ | part VIII | Storytelling skills

By Limor Shiponi Thinking about storytelling skills can become a complicated task considering its reciprocal nature and the presence of three partners: The witnesses can be many different people for every telling, each one of them a universe within a universe Stories are many too and they go through changes and influences The storyteller himself changes all the time It’s …

Why storytellers should not practice in front of a mirror

By Limor Shiponi Surfing Sean Buvala’s blog I came across two new posts about what he calls the mythology of business storytelling. He’s breaking down some of the frequent statements flying around these days to demonstrate in a way, what’s really wrong about them. Yes, people are being told and being telling themselves quite a lot of misleading affirmations. I …

Storytelling genres | applied storytelling

By Limor Shiponi Storytelling applications are answers to communal human needs. The community recognizes the answer storytelling carries for those needs and seeks the people who can carry the task of answering the demand. In modern times those witnessing the telling do not necessarily have to know each other. You can come and leave the event as total strangers but …