7 Tips to Practicing the Craft of Instructional Storytelling

 

"Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect." Douglas Coupland

Storytelling is popular topic amongst L&D professionals. It's the type of thing we all talk about, but do you actually practice your storytelling skills? If you do, what is it that you practice? I think we often practice our storytelling skills in very random places without even knowing it. Like, for example, in crafting an email, or Facebook post. Stories don't need to be long. And stories can be told with pictures as well. But in this post I've limited my tips to writing and telling stories.

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