Friday, March 11, 2016

ONCE UPON A TIME...The Art of Storytelling in a Desperate World

Although the mind may be part of your target, the heart is the bull's-eye. 

The streets of Paris were alive, breathing and crawling with life.  The cherry trees were in bloom, sending a shower of their perfume down on all those who walked by; had they always been so fragrant?  So pink?  Bicycles jingled their bells as they flew by, and voices called out greetings to one anther.  Even strangers would smile back as you passed.  People were looking up at each other instead of hiding in the drawn up collars of their coats, eyes lowered and straight ahead.  They looked at you and nodded as if to say, "You are here.  Good for you!  I'm glad to see you are still here..." (When the Bird Sings, 381)


Stories:  Whether they are told over a campfire, or at bedside; out loud or in a diary; to a large crowd or within the emptiness of a quiet chamber, they have the power to affect and even change us.  From the beginning of time, before we even had written language, stories were told through pictures on cave walls.  They matter.  They define us--immortalize us and our brief moment in the sun on history's timeline.  They paint beautiful pictures of places we dream to visit, and those we will always yearn for.  They speak to us across time and country-- no boundaries or borders.  They open all the senses whether they are heard or read, seen or spoken.  They remind us of something we cannot explain but know is true...

How do we define a story?  What is it about them that seems to draw us in, no matter what culture, race, religion or socioeconomic status we are from?  I think the great power of the story is that they connect us; they remind us that no matter where we have been, what we have experienced, or where we are going, there is a purpose of some sort--a message worth sharing--and, low and behold, others have walked through these struggles before.
So...what makes someone a great storyteller?  We know them when we meet them, don't we?  My friend Larry Frost, a special forces operative who fought in Vietnam can tell a compelling story.  I remember one night around our dinner table, he told us the story of an encounter he and his men had in the jungle with an 800 pound tiger that had us frozen, forks suspended, hanging on his every word.  He didn't have any musical theme in the background, or impressive graphics and visuals, it was just his voice and his words; they held us completely captive.  My grandfather was another one. He would sit in his big chair in the living room of his farmhouse in Tomah, Wisconsin, and tell us stories about growing up in the depression, watching the young soldiers run drills at Fort McCoy near his farm in preparation to be shipped off for Europe to fight in WW2, and what my mom was like as a young girl growing up in a much simpler time.  So...is their ability somewhat defined by my relationship to them?  Perhaps, but I actually think it may be something more.

Storytelling is an art--much like painting, writing, dancing and singing or playing an instrument is.  It communicates something that transcends the experience, itself.  It speaks to our mind, of course, as we fill in the blanks with our interpretation and fill in visuals to run like a movie in our mind, but I think the quote at the top hits the nail on the head:  the figurative heart of the human is the real target; whether fiction or non, for pleasure or curiosity, the story has to reach into more than just the synapses of logical reasoning and thought.

I came across this very interesting article from Harvard Business Review.  It would seem good storytelling also crosses the lines of study disciplines!  It is entitled, "The Four Truths of the Storyteller."  Read it carefully, then respond:

1.  What ARE the four truths?
2.  Who are your favorite storytellers, and what is it that makes them so special?


Then, make a snack, grab your favorite refreshing beverage, and watch this story teller share her story.  At The Moth, storytelling is like theater.  :)  Ask yourself this question and then post your answer:  WHAT makes this woman's performance compelling?  


Cannot wait to hear in YOUR stories....






77 comments:

  1. I found the four truths of storytelling article perfectly fascinating. Here are the four truths of storytelling as I understand them. The first truth has to do with the story-teller believing what they are saying. If they don’t believe their stories, how can they expect anyone else to? The next has to do with their connection to the audience. They have to find out what the audience needs, and tailor the story to them. The audience has to be able to connect to the story and find themselves at the center of it. Truth to the moment is next. The story-teller has to be able to adapt to the situation and make the story appropriate for it. While story-tellers prepare extensively for their stories, and may tell them more than once, each time they tell it, it needs to be fresh. The most important one is last. The story-teller has to have a purpose for their story. They have to believe in this purpose and stay true to it no matter what. This is what gives their story power.
    I don’t know that I have a favorite story-teller. I love being one-on-one with someone, anyone, and just listening to stories about their life. I like seeing them excited about their stories and remembering little details they forgot. To me anyone can be the best story-teller as long as they are truly invested in what they are telling.
    I think what is best about Ophira’s story-telling is the apparent spontaneity. She seems as if she is telling a story to a friend for the first time. Yet all the points she makes wraps back to the truth she discovers at the end. It’s powerful, the way she builds her story, and it draws you in.

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    1. Yes! She is truly in the moment. I love that.

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  2. The four truths of storytelling are authenticity and congruency, fulfillment of the audience, uniqueness to the moment, and expressing deeper values and perspectives. More directly, truth to the teller, truth to the audience, truth to the moment, and truth to the mission. I can’t think of any great storytellers I know in person, but most authors are great storytellers. They invest their time into writing something that they care about, and they don’t let it out to the public until they are fully satisfied. They may take time to develop their stories instead of it being truth to the moment, but otherwise they fit the truths of storytelling. Anyone can be an amazing storyteller if they want to be, though. They just have to be interested in what they are telling and follow the truth guidelines.

    Ophira’s story was fascinating and caught my attention from beginning to end. While watching, I wrote down my observations:
    -she attracted people right away with a shocking event
    -she had personality and went into detail
    -she put emphasis and/or slowed down on certain parts
    -there was a lesson within it
    -she allowed us into her thoughts and emotions
    -it all connected and didn’t go off track
    All these points made her a great storyteller and left me thinking about what she said. She really hit all of the truths as well.

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    1. I really love that you wrote down important bullet points from Ophira's story. It was REALLY in the moment, which took my breath away, a little!

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  3. They are 4 truths in this article. It starts off with the truth to the teller; you should reveal your story with honesty and candor. The second one is truth of the audience where you are bringing the listeners along on a satisfying emotional journey. The third one is truth to the moment, this is that you shouldn’t tell the story twice the same way. It should fit the atmosphere and sound natural. The final truth is the truth to the mission. This is to capture powerful emotions and wins the assent and support of listeners. Everything that the storyteller does is to serve that mission.

    Personally I don’t have my favorite storyteller YET. Once I travel and get to know people hopefully that will change. Although, I love listening to my grandparents talk about their childhood. They get into a zone where you can tell that they are not only telling the story but they are living the memory. Putting their thoughts and remembering special details that bring out the story for listeners to imagine.

    What made this woman’s performance compelling it’s that she never gave the story away at any point. I had no idea where she was going with the story but she grabbed my attention. Those 11 minutes of the video felt like 3 minutes. She added humor into the story and she used her hands to speak which can give the viewers an imagination. Her tone changed with the story; her transitions from emotions were very well done. The listener can tell that she has a powerful connection with this story. I really enjoyed how she said that her parents where the strong ones. When she told the part where in the hospital everyone was telling her how strong and brave she was, I wasn’t thinking of her, I was thinking of her parents the entire time. In the story we see a shift in personality, we see the connection she has with the story and the audience. That’s what makes this woman’s performance compelling.

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    1. I love what you said about the storyteller reliving the memory. Seeing someone else so enthralled in a story brings us to connect. I love that. :)

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  4. The four truths include:
    1. Believe and know your story. If you tell it with honesty and confidence no one will question you.
    2. Take the listeners with you.
    3. When retelling the story, do not tell it in the same exact manner, Change it up.
    4. Captivate the listeners, they should be developed and emotionally attached to situations and characters just like you are.

    My Favorite story teller is my grandma. They way she tells stories captivates everyone in the room and no matter how many times she repeats the story I feel like it is my first time hearing it. I love her way with words because I can actually picture everything she is saying in my mind.

    What makes this storyteller compelling is her...
    -pace, slows down and speeds up on all the right parts
    -from the very start you are connected to every detail and person
    -you will never be distracted because the whole story entices you
    I enjoyed this blog very much and I could rematch it 100x!

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    1. Good! :) I love a good storyteller, too! He/she can make time stand still and take you on a trip through time.

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  5. The four truths of a the storyteller as I understand them, are as follows:
    1. Well crafted story along with visible passion for the listener to see while telling the story.
    2. Know the audience
    3. Add your personality into the story which will create a unique way of telling the story.
    4. Create an emotional attachment to the story to allow for the reader to connect to the bigger picture of the story.

    My favorite storyteller would be my Uncle Ruben. He can turn the dullest story into a world of imagination. Usually his stories revolve around the adventures of hunting or any outdoor event. One time I was lucky enough to experience one of the stories he would soon tell. He will not admit it was a "pointless" 7 mile hike through the rocky mountain but he will say how important it was to scout the area out for javelins; he probable saw the bushes rustle from a soft gust of wind. I now understand why his son and my dad drink when hunting with him. (lol)

    Ophira Eisenberg: The Accident
    1. The way she speaks; not only does she pace herself but allows for the listener to follow at an easy to understand pace.
    2. She got my attention with the nitty gritty detail.
    3. Oddly enough, she had a very good voice which made listening to the story more enjoyable.
    4. Throughout the story she talked with her hand which helped keep my attention.

    I enjoyed this blog very much because it made me think but it also allowed me to reflect on some very happy memories. :)

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    1. I love how you picked up on her providing the nitty gritty details. It really is in the details, isn't it?

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  6. This article as incredibly fascinating because we usually don’t notion the hidden intentions behind the stories people tell. For example, when my grandfather is telling me about his prize winning photographs, I’m not thinking about how he’s manipulating his story to fit my needs as well as his own, I’m with him in the moment he left behind sixty years ago. The four truths as I see them are firstly Truth in Yourself. You have to be confident in yourself and confident that your story truly is going to be the best portrayal it can be. Without this, the story can usually seem false, even when you are sincerely being honest. Secondly, is Truth to the Audience. You have to understand what the audience wants out of the conversation, like a motivation or a satire. Which connects directly with the idea of Truth to the Moment, which is understanding the situation and how to manipulate the story accordingly. I really thought the UFO example hit the nail on the head for this one because he could have just been “This is wrong because of lack of evidence”, but because he manipulated the story for the crowd and time, it sounded less harsh and more meaningful. Lastly, there has to be a meaning behind the story with the Truth to the Mission. When my grandfather is telling me a story about his war stricken childhood or when he’s tearing up about his family’s restaurant being taken away, he’s trying to input a sense of humility into me. He’s not telling them just to tell them, he’s trying to make me a better person by sharing his past experiences, which makes them even more memorable.

    My two favorite storytellers are for sure both of my grandfathers. My one grandfather was born into a war stricken Croatia and had to defect his homeland to escape communism, whereas my mother’s father was born into the Great Depression in Canada and was a blooming photographer from an early age. These two men lived extremely different lives, but still can make everyone hold their breath at a dinner table. My Dido, my father’s father, has lived such an extraordinary life that most of his stories of full of adventure and struggle, which makes you root for him even though you know he’s already won. My mother’s father has everyday stories, but how he tells them is so enchanting. The one that sticks out in my mind the most is the time he happened upon Guy Lombardo at a music festival and how his photo of him ended up in the Toronto paper. Both of them truly know how to captivate their audience, my dad’s father by primarily using Truth to the Mission and my mother’s father using Truth to Yourself.

    This story really caught my attention because she spoke so down to earth and so gently you thought she was talking right to you. She was so attentive to detail, even the sad ones, but she still managed to come across as humorous and the kind of person you would want to talk with and exchange stories. The video, that was eleven minutes long, did not seem as long as it did because she was so captivating it was easy to get lost in her words. She truly believed in everything she was saying and everything she was indirectly saying, which made her utterly captivating to watch.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it!
      And both of your grandfathers sound like story tellers I would love! I LOVE stories of history--especially struggles that are won. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. The four truths:
    1. Stay true to the author: let them see your emotion and experiences, let them connect with you
    2. Stay true to the audience: do not waste the listeners time, but give them some sort of pleasure or enjoyment from your story
    3. Stay true to the moment: even though the story stays the same, it should change depending on the audience and the moment
    4. Stay true to the mission: every story should promote a belief that the author wants the audience to adopt.

    I would have to stay my favorite story teller is my dad. He knows how to capture you as the audience and knows how to draw listeners in with humor and excitement. I love listening the stories that he frequently tells of his experiences at the fire station and crazy calls that they run. He makes his stories very interesting and fun to listen to.

    I think the reason why this woman's story is so compelling is that it is very realistic. She tells it from a child's perspective but in a way that every one could relate to what she was talking about. She knew her story and told it very confidently but in a wholesome manner. She was very real and honest with the viewer and did not hide any details or emotion from us. The manner in which she told her story was also very captivating just in the way she spoke and how her emotions seemed to catch herself off guard.

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    1. Yes--the honesty is SO powerful. She made herself easy to trust and connect to. That is very powerful!

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  8. 1. True to the Teller: As the author, show that you are emotionally involved and connected to the story
    2. Truth to the Audience: Promises the listeners something, or gives them an expectation, then fulfilling it
    3. True to the moment: Stories should always be evolving based on the situation where it's being told, or who/where the audience is
    4. True to the mission: The "no text is innocent" thing. Each story holds something the author wants to give to the listener

    My favorite storytellers are both of my grandparents. My Grandfather always has an interesting story to tell, whether it be about Vietnam, guns, or just his take on whats going on in the world currently. I always remembered his boot camp stories the best, because I could always picture the words he spoke in my mind, me knowing full well he actually experiences these things. It's almost like i'm watching a silent film with his commentary on what's happening. My grandmother is also a very good storyteller. She is very good at researching facts and tibits of information about what she is talking about. She was telling me about Rome, and I was surprised when I learned the new things that I did, and she too was surprised when I gave my share of knowledge on the topic. I think the world can be a very bland place, but when illustrated by a skillful and passionate person, it can flourish into an awesome picture.

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  9. The four truths are:
    1. Truth to the Teller: the author or teller should show that they are emotionally connected and invested in the story.
    2. Truth to the Audience: the expectations of the audience should always be fulfilled to the highest degree.
    3. Truth to the Moment: no story should be told the same way twice; adapt the tale to suit the situation at the time.
    4. Truth to the Mission: the story should pass along a goal, truth, or concept that the teller wishes to impart to the audience. Put some meat in your words, if you will.

    For me, what made Ophira's story so compelling was the way she gave us the rhythm of the events as she experienced them. The rise and fall of action, or relaxation and tragedy, she gave to use as life gave it to her. She allowed us to understand how quickly things changed for her through the way she crafted her story, and she made it all the more emotional because of it. For me, it was a very dynamic experience, and it was very easy to connect with for that same reason. Personally, my favorite storyteller has to be my grandmother. She has a way of measuring out whatever she has to say. Even when excited, she always sounds so at peace, and manages to pass it on to whoever she is speaking to. Her hands are always in motion, illustrating what she has to say. Her face, too, is ever-changing whenever she has something to say. A new emotion, a new expression for every sentence. Being so sociable, she always has stories about the people she has worked with and become friends with, and all the places she and my grandfather have travelled to. I never tire of hearing her stories.

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  10. The four truths are:
    1) Truth to the Teller: the author should show that he is emotionally invested in his story
    2) Truth to the Audience: Includes a promise that the listeners’ expectations will be fulfilled
    3) Truth to the Moment: author responds fully to what is demanded
    4) Truth to the Mission: author is devoted to a cause

    My favorite storyteller is always changing. I don't personally know anyone who is great at telling stories, so I always look to authors to do this. But I never have a favorite author because they're constantly changing. They change depending on what I'm reading at the time and if it's a good book, then the author is a great storyteller - in my opinion.

    The thing that interested me from Ophira's story is that she grabs the audience's attention right away. For me, great story tellers need to capture the audience's attention right away to grab our interest and to keep us focused on what she is saying. She also doesn't leave any questions for the audience, she answers them so then the audience won't focus on the question and instead focus on what the storyteller is saying.

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  11. The four truths are:
    1.) To believe the story you are telling, if you believe it then it will give confidence to others hearing the story to believe it.
    2.) Truth to the reader, give them a motive to keep listening, to bring them along with the story.
    3.) Change up the story every time it is told, don’t have the same story.
    4.) Create an emotional attachment to the story and characters so that the reader has something to relate to and hold on to while reading the story.

    My favorite story teller would have to be my dad. He has done so many things with his life and has experienced so much. When he tells a story everyone in the room is listening. His stories are always funny and entertaining. We are all always laughing and having a good time throwing sarcasm out and poking fun at each other the whole time. I love that his stories can bring everyone together to laughing and uplift the atmosphere of the get together.

    What makes this story compelling?:
    When Ophira first started telling the story she really drew in the audience. Right in the beginning she says the big news that she got hit by a car when they were on there way home. For me that was something that made me think “oh no, well what happened I need to know how this all played out..”. She also gives a lot of face expressions, they pull you in and it gives emotion to the story she is telling. She uses a lot of hand gestures as well, explaining the situation and that helped keep the story from becoming unreal and just something being recited. She created a very happy and sarcastic tone to a could be serious story. This helped me to stay interested and I always love humor or sarcasm in stories just for a laugh. These things really helped me be more compelled to listen to her story.

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  12. The four truths are:

    1) Truth to the Teller. Show that you are emotionally involved with the story and connected to it. Be true to yourself.
    2) Truth to the Audience. Promise that the listeners expectations will be fulfilled.
    3) Truth to the Moment. Never retell a story the same way as before. Make it sound different each time
    4) Truth to the Mission. Capture your mission. Have strong emotion that will give you the support from listeners.

    I personally do not have a favorite storyteller right now. I do love listening to my grandpas stories from when he was in the Army. You can see that he is not only telling the story to bring him happiness, but you can see the happiness in him as he speaks. He loved the army, and wishes everyday that he could go back and serve a longer term.

    What makes this story so compelling is that the story was never given away. When she starts off, she really intrigues the audience by telling us "it was summer after third grade." She uses a lot of hand motions when she speaks, but its help us imagine the way the story happened. She paces the way she talks, and you are connected to the story the entire time.

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  13. The four truths from the article are;
    1.) Truth to the Teller: the author/narrator should show personal investment in the story.
    2.) Truth to the Audience: the story gives the audience expectation and then fulfills those expectations.
    3.) Truth to the Moment: sometimes stories stay the same but they should adapt and change to the time, setting, and audience.
    4.) Truth to the Mission: every story need a theme or meaning the author wishes the audience to take from their story.

    I don't necessarily have a favorite story teller. I am intrigued by many people and the stories they tell. The same goes for stories in books. I'm not sure what gets me hooked but if I like it I like it and if I don't I don't.

    The story told by Ophira Eisenberg was compelling because it contained the four truths the article talked about. The author/narrator was fully invested and connected to the story. She spoke from experience and from her heart. The audience was given pieces of hope throughout the story and at the end when she discovered herself and the audience was also able to feel that with her. The story is like a lot of other "accident" stories but it was personal to the her moment and the things she discovered from it. The story also fulfilled the mission of holding a theme the audience should take from it. The theme I pulled from the story is that we don't always fully understand things and we should not take for granted the things others do or say until we can fully understand it. She didn't see her parents strength or even understand her friend's death until 8 years later. She spent that time selfish with the attention and naive after the accident.
    Overall I felt a connection with her and that is how I was drawn into her story.

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  14. 1. What ARE the four truths?
    The four truths are,
    1. Truth to the teller: Remaining true to yourself, showing and sharing emotions.
    2. Truth to the audience: Have a realistic sense of how your audience may respond, identify and meet the audience's emotional needs, and tell your story in an interactive fashion.
    3. Truth to the moment: Make every story telling moment unique. Use the power of imagination, improvise on the spot if needed to startle the audience with a fresh way of thinking.
    4. Truth to the mission:
    The story teller must be devoted to a cause beyond self. Their job is to capture his/her mission in the story that evokes powerful emotions from the audience.

    2. 2.  Who are your favorite storytellers, and what is it that makes them so special?

    My favorite story tellers are my parents, and my aunts. I don't think they realize it, but they never tell the same story the same way, which is what keeps me captured every time I listen. Not that they lie and change or take out details, but something about the way they tell it, the emotion, or passion, changes the way I listen (not always for the better). The stories they tell me are special to me because they can at times be very personal, and it's a warming feeling to know they are letting me into parts of their lives that I was not there for, or that they are being honest about certain things with me. I feel like story telling between my parents, or aunts, builds a bond of trust between us. That they are trusting me by opening up in sharing.

    What makes this story compelling?
    I have one word that describes my reaction towards this story- WOW. I will admit with no shame I shed some tears listening to her story. There are so many things that make Ophira's story compelling. The main thing for me was that through those 11 minutes, she did not lose my attention ONCE. Listening to her speak keep me completely intrigued, and I'd say it was because of her truth in telling the story. It felt raw, and the entire time, the wheels in my head turned putting together the image of everything she described. There was nothing extravagant about her story, it was actually a bit tragic, but it was so well spoken and interesting, it didn't need anything grand.

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    1. I just love your response. So beautifully articulated! I really am captured by how you described the effectiveness of your Aunts and parents as storytellers--they never tell the same story the same way. That is one of the pillars. A good storyteller considers their audience and their setting before they begin.

      I tear up every time I watch Ophira's story. She is captivating!

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  15. 1) Truth to the teller: The author should show that he/she is emotionally involved with the story being told, the author has to believe their story.
    2) Truth to the audience: Know your audience, do not waste their time, overall have a connection with them and make sure the audience can find a connection with the story as well.
    3) Truth to the moment: Add personality to the moment to make it interesting while also staying true to the real story.
    4) Truth to the mission: The story must have a purpose and have power and meaning towards the author and the audience.

    Honestly I could not tell you who my favorite story teller is. I switch my favorite books, movies, songs, poems etc. all the time depending on my mood and what is going on in my life that I can make connections with. Stories that never really get old for me are ones that really hit my emotional side, like a happy saddens. Ones that make me cry but for a good reason. Those are ones I can always find stored in the back of my memory because of the huge impact they have had on me.

    WHAT makes this woman's performance compelling?  
    I can say that stories like hers are my favorite ones that just hit you in a certain way that you’ll never forget them. One of the greatest things that makes her story compelling is I never lost interest, she had my undivided attention for the full 11 minutes. After reading the article on the four truths I was also able to realize that her story also contained the four truths. The way she formulated her words and story with facial expressions and emotions all kept me interested as well. Her story was very powerful and defiantly something I won’t forget.

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    1. Perfect!! I love that you made the connection with the four truths and Ophira's storytelling. :)

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  16. I found the four truths to storytelling to be very captivating and intriguing. After reading the article, I found that the four truths are:
    1. Truth to the teller: If you don't believe the story yourself, you won't be able to persuade and make the audience believe you.
    2. Truth to the audience: The audience's intentions and expectations should be fulfilled in order to satisfy them.
    3. Truth to the moment: The story teller should adapt to when, where, and who the story is being told to in order to keep it real.
    4. Truth to the mission: Everything the story teller says has a purpose, to entertain the listeners. This mission is to be carried out.

    My favorite story teller has to be my dad. When he tells me about something that happened, no matter what it is, I always find myself engaged and entertained 100%. He keeps his stories honest, and he seems just as engaged in them as the listeners are. He also adds a lot of humor in his stories, which make it enjoyable to listen to.

    Ophira's story was very interesting because she tells it from a very real point of view. She made the audience feel as though they were a part of something. The sequence in which she told her stories were very captivating too. She built the story up, and let all the actions rise up until the audience's intentions were fulfilled, which I really enjoyed as a listener.

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  17. I'm not sure I'm getting this article correctly. I'm thinking I have the four truths and looking at other's responsive I think I'm correct here:
    1. Truth to the teller.
    2. Truth to the audience
    3.Truth to the moment
    4: Truth to the moment.
    What I've gotten is that it may be repetitive, but it makes total sense. Honesty is the best thing you can have in a story. If one moment is fake, then it ruins the entire story and your credibility and entertainment goes away. Honestly, one of my favorite story tellers would have to by Geneva, which seems a little weird but when something happens at school or she hears about something in politics or anything like that, she can always make me laugh or be shocked about something. She's very animated, and I've never known Geneva to be dishonest so she seems credible. Unlike me who uses a lot of hand motions when I speak, Geneva is more controlled than I am, and she's good at facial expressions. She does the whole dramatic pause, and wait for you to ask the question type thing. To top it all off, she can make herself laugh, and her laugh is one of my favorite things because it puts me in a good mood to see her so entertained by something. It's also a reason why I love Victoria when she tells her stories, they kind of tell their tales the same way. Facial expressions, they don't make the situation bigger than it is, and they have good timing. Plus, they don't talk about boring things so I'm always engaged. They can make a crowd of people laugh which is really cool for me to see a whole group of people hung on their words.
    It doesn't hurt too that they're a couple of my closest friends, so when something happens I always want to hear. Funny, sad, angry, or even just pointless stories, I'll listen to them over and over again.

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    1. For pillars: 3- Truth to the moment, and 4-Truth to the mission
      What did you think of the video?

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  18. 1) The four truths of storytelling are...
    1. Truth to the Teller: Being true to yourself by showing and sharing emotion with the audience.

    2. Truth to the Audience: Promise that the listeners' expectations will be fulfilled. A great storyteller will take time in order to understand what his/her listeners know about, care about, and want to hear.

    3. Truth to the Moment: When repeatedly telling your story, it should never be told the same way twice. It should sound different each time it is being told.

    4. Truth to the Mission: A storytellers' mission is embodied in their stories. Their mission is to capture and express valued that they believe in and want others to adapt as their very own. Their story must offer a value proposition worthy of its audience.

    2) My favorite storyteller is my uncle. He knows how to captivate us, the audience, showing emotion, raising his voice. His stories are mostly humorous.

    3) Ophira Eisenberg made her story very compelling. She doesn't talk formally making it easy to relate to. She also uses a lot of hand gestures that keeps your attention to the storyteller. Also, when she speaks of dialogue, she gets into character by showing emotion and raising or lowering her voice and pacing herself when she spoke. When she told the story, she was able to give me chills when she spoke about certain parts of her story. As a whole, the story is enticing and captivating.

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  19. 1.) Truth of the Mission
    2.) Truth to the Teller
    3.) Truth to the Audience
    4.)Truth to the Moment

    When I listen to stories, I find that above all, I want to believe in them. I want to really believe that this happened, and i want to be convinced that it wasn't made up for somebodies entertainment. I want to be persuaded to feel what the teller was feeling at that exact moment, I want to feel the painful honesty, as if it were to be my own story. My favorite storyteller is my aunts. She is from a different country, where everything is culturally different. Hearing the stories she has gives me a complete different perspective on what it was like growing up in Norway. She tells me the truth, she tells me when she felt scared, or when she felt ashamed, or when she felt happy. I think this made it so much easier for me to really connect with the story, and picture it as if they were memories of my own.

    Ophira's story, let me just say HOLY COW. Throughout the whole video i felt captured. The story felt so real, you could hear the raw emotion that came from her mouth as she talked, you could hear the remembrance in her voice as she continued to recall the story. You could hear how she never gave the story away, she was always keeping the listener intrigued. The story was also set up much like a story you would read. The story built up, it wasn't spread out all over the place.

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    1. I really love what you said about needing to believe it. I so agree! Even though I love fiction, it needs to be of the type that it is written so well and so compelling, I can believe it is true in that moment.

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  21. 1.) Truth of the Mission
    2.) Truth to the Teller
    3.) Truth to the Audience
    4.) Truth to the Moment

    I have a problem with the word "favorite" because I feel like that's so much pressure, ha ha. As much as I love so many classic and modern authors, my favorite stories are the ones told by people. I love when someone is sitting next to me, telling me a story about their day at work or about their crazy Aunt Karen who did this insane thing at the last family reunion. After learning the four truths of story telling, I feel that a personal story telling exceeds with flying colors of the criteria at hand.

    I was happy to see you include Ophira's story, even though I haven't seen it before, it was awesome to see such a good verbal story teller. In fact, it was so good once I am finished with this I going to be continuing some of the stories in this series starting with "Unpopular in Jail". She was extremely captivating. She told the story in a way to where you felt like you were living it with her which made it so much more interesting. It was structured as a proper story plot graph you would find in a Language and Lit classroom which made it easier to follow along with. It was truly an overwhelming story. My favorite quote was "It was his way of giving an eight year old girl a reason to live." (Or something along those lines) Thank you for sharing.

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  22. The four truths of storytelling are:
    1. The Truth to the Teller- the person telling the story must believe it with honesty and prove it by showing. "He must be congruent with his story—his tongue, feet, and wallet must move in the same direction."
    2. Truth to the Audience- The audience is trusting the storyteller that the story he is about to tell is truthful and it is not a waste of time. " Listeners give the storyteller their time, with the understanding that he will spend it wisely for them. "
    3. Truth to the Moment- Never telling the same story, making it unique. "A great storyteller never tells a story the same way twice. Instead, she sees what is unique in each storytelling experience and responds fully to what is demanded. "
    4. Truth to the Mission- The storyteller is devoted and expresses that through his tone and the way he presents the story. "A great storyteller is devoted to a cause beyond self. That mission is embodied in his stories, which capture and express values that he believes in and wants others to adopt as their own."

    My favorite story teller is my grandpa because he has been through a lot and he speaks with such happiness and enthusiasm it's fun to listen to all of his stories even though I've heard all of his stories about 30 times each.

    What makes Ophira's sorry so compelling is the story itself, how heart wrenching it is. Also, the way she told the story, she made it light hearted and a little humorous. She was very forward and casual about the story. She made it seem as if she was speaking to a group of friends that she'd known for years. Ophira had seemed relaxed and comfortable, moving, laughing, and smiling while she spoke. It made it very compelling that she still gets choked up and the way she had phrased some things, "... and she will never be sixteen...", it makes it seem very sad. I loved her story though!

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  23. The four truths are the four aspects of a story that must be remembered in order for it to be good. They are:

    1. The leader (protagonist) must be a good storyteller and very engaged with the story in order to keep everything interesting.

    2. You have to keep the audience in mind and be conscious of what they are going to want and what they are expecting of the story; you have to keep them engaged and interested.

    3. You have to make the story original. The audience does not want to hear a re-tell of a story which they have already heard before.

    4. You have to always keep in mind what you are trying to accomplish with the story. Make sure you never stray from your goal but are still hitting the other points at the same time.

    I do not have a favorite storyteller. I am not one to usually go and ask others about some of their stories as I find stories about others to be (most of the time) narcissistic in nature, but this definitely depends on the situation and on the story that is being told.

    I really liked the video with the story because she was extremely connected to the story she was telling and she was also the main character of the story. She also does not tell us that her friend had died until later on in the story in order to keep the audience engaged in the story. She also, throughout the entire speech, stays true to what she is trying to say.

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  24. The four truths are:
    1. Truth of the Mission- The storyteller wants to express and capture values so that the audience can use as their own.
    2. Truth to the Teller- The storyteller shares his deepest values with the audience.
    3. Truth to the Audience- It is promised that the expectations of the audience will be accomplished.
    4. Truth to the Moment- Never repeat the same story twice.

    I don't have a favorite storyteller that I know, although my grandfather is a good one. He would always sit his grandchildren down and he would tell us stories about his childhood and how he was as a child. The stories were so intriguing due to his great sense of humor, that you would never want the stories to end.

    I found Ohpira's story very fascinating and caught my attention throughout the whole video. As I was watching I noticed that she would slow down on important parts and on the parts that were not so important she would have some humor in her tone of voice. She also used lots of hand movements while she was speaking and kept the attention on her. Another thing I noticed was that she never got off track and spoke very fluently. Overall I thought that she was a great storyteller due to the points that were stated above.

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  25. The four truths presented in the article were as follows:
    1. Truth to the Teller refers to the storyteller's need to present his story in a way that aligns with what he demonstrates to the audience as a character.
    2. Truth to the Audience refers to the storyteller's need to craft a story in such a way as to resonate with the emotional and logical faculties of their specific audience. Since the audience is not always known ahead of time, preparation is not always possible, meaning this will frequently be improvised.
    3. Truth to the Moment refers to the storyteller's need to present their story in accordance with the context. The same underlying story would have to be presented differently in a lunchtime conversation as compared to a formal speech in order to be effective.
    4. Truth to the Mission refers to the need to frame a story as a crucial part of a greater mission. This mission can be personal, on a company level, or presented as a mission shared by all of humanity, such as the preservation of the environment.

    My favorite storytellers, as far as the spoken story, tend to be my closest friends. Since there is always enough distance to allow for untold stories and unknown events, and since we were comfortable enough with each other to throw in personal and emotional elements, those are the stories that really capture my attention. I suppose that the mutual knowledge of one another that comes with friendship lends itself more easily to fulfilling the truths of the storyteller as described above. My most treasured memories are actually of hearing special people from my past tell stories, because they had this fascinating energy that filled them when they did so, using a combination of beautiful phrases and bright expressions, while also keeping a very personal presence. Perhaps they knew their audience well enough to know that I would be entirely captured by such devices.

    While watching Ophira Eisenberg, I noticed a few devices she made repeated use of. The first, and most common device, was facial expression. She adjusted her facial expression as she transitioned between moods in the story. Her gestures with her hands were somewhat less distinguishable, but also contributed to a visually engaging storyteller. Her decision to include incredibly small details helps to draw the audience in, but she kept the story moving by including them only as they pertained to that moment of the story. One of her most powerful devices was the use of personal thoughts and emotions in her story, and not always those that would be considered ideal, such as the way she craved the attention she got while hospitalized. The inclusion of these details helps to humanize her, as most of her audience can relate to such a desire at one time or another. The audience needs to be able to relate to the storyteller, because that activates another set of their emotional faculties and further engages their attention. The combination of these various devices made Ophira Eisenberg's story very effective, and her consistency in employing them made her effective as a storyteller.

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  26. The four truths in the article are truth to the audience, truth to the teller, truth to the mission, and truth to the moment. I believe that when each truth is followed, the person using the truths will become a great story teller. They say that a great storyteller is someone who is believable and honest. When telling the story, they make it engaging. The truths say that a great storyteller appeals to the emotions of their audience.

    My favorite storytellers growing up have been dance teachers, and those who have danced professionally. When I met and took class with a Rockette named Heather, I got to talk to her and hear her life story and how she made it as a Rockette. As she was talking, she used many hand gestures and different movements in order to tell her story and I was intrigued. She was also very inspiring and gave me a feeling of hope. She was one of the best storytellers I have ever met.

    I found that Ophira Eisenberg's use of hand gestures to be one thing that made her story so compelling. I feel that when you use your body to tell a story, the audience becomes engaged and when she was talking, I could really get into her story. Her use of facial expressions also allowed her to be a compelling story teller, as well as her ability to appeal to the emotions of her audience.

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  27. The four truths of story telling are...
    1) Truth of the Mission
    2) Truth to the Teller
    3) Truth to the Audience
    4) Truth to the Moment

    If I were to choose the one individual I know that tells the best stories I would choose my uncle. He grew up in Northern Africa in a country called Tunisia from when he was born to the age of 18 when he then came to the US for a new life. As you can imagine growing up there 50 years ago had a lot of potential for a lot of experiences. As kids, and still now, my cousins and I will sit and listen to him telling story after story. He's able to hold our attention so easily as he tells his stories. Now looking at these truths of story telling it's evident that he practices each one of these.

    Several practices allowed Ophira Eisenberg to tell such a compelling and really good story. I noticed as she went through different emotions that related to what was happening in the story. She would use facial expressions and tone of voice to create a more vivid story. She also used gestures/hand gestures to further improve her remarks. Not only the story was told but the actual story itself allowed the audience to relate to it adding to its significance. All of this when put together allowed Ophira to tell a compelling, deep, and colorful story.

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  28. The four truths are:
    1) Truth to the teller: You have to have confidence and passion in your story.
    2) Truth to the audience: Fulfilling your listener’s expectations.
    3) Truth to the moment: Responding to what is demanded in that moment.
    4) Truth to the mission: Expressing values that you want others to adopt as their own.

    Truthfully, I think everyone is uniquely brilliant in telling stories, so I don’t necessarily have a favorite. I’ve never thought that I was the best storyteller; I think it all depends on how passionate I am about the subject and who I am telling it to. Usually, when I think of storytellers, I think of authors. One of my favorites is Lauren Oliver. I like how she conveys her stories, because of the mystery within them. I’m always captivated the whole way through the book, eagerly waiting to read about what will happen in the end. Therefore, I believe mystery is also something that makes a good storyteller.

    Speaking of mystery, it was within Ophira’s story, as well. I believe what made her storytelling skills so brilliant was the emotion you could feel in her words. She strung her audience along her past journey with her. Each memory that she relayed, it brought a new emotion to the audience; laughter, mourning, happiness, and then pure sadness. She made her audience a part of her story and not just a receiver of it. That’s what made her story so compelling.

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  29. The four truths are truth to the teller, truth to the audience, truth to the moment, and truth to the mission. In the first truth, truth to the teller, it is important for the teller to be congruent to the story. In truth to the audience it is important to connect to the listener. The listener is giving their time up and it is important for the storyteller to spend it wisely. In the truth to the moment it is important to sound natural and not just repetitive. In the truth to the mission, the mission is to have the listener adopt the same values or beliefs as the teller. My favorite storyteller is the priest at my church. He always puts emotion and humor into his stories. He knows how to capture people and keep them intrigued into what he is saying.

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  30. The four truths are:
    Truth to the teller: The teller must be sincere and show emotion in order to make the story believable.
    Truth to the audience: The listener’s expectations should be fulfilled.
    Truth to the moment: The story should be altered each time it is told in order to fit the situation.
    Truth to the mission: The story has to have a meaning and purpose.
    2. Who are your favorite storytellers, and what is it that makes them so special?
    My favorite story tellers are my family. Whenever they tell me stories they emphasize on parts that they know I find the most humorous which makes the story that much more enjoyable. They talk about more of my family members within their story and it’s so intriguing to listen about things that those family members wouldn’t ever share with me. They talk a lot with their hands to make a part more dramatic and make a strong eye contact when they’re serious. It allows me to feel the emotions they personally felt about the story which then allows the story to come to life.
    3. What makes this woman's performance compelling?
    Ophira's performance was so compelling because of the way she kept the audience in a positive state by bringing out the good out of the bad situation. She made the audience happy which made them continue to listen and it surprised them when she would say something more personal. Her facial expressions lead the mood of the story and she kept the story on track.

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  31. 1) According to the article, the four truths are. . .
    ~Truth to the teller: The one telling the story must have presence, honesty, and emotion in their story in order to make it more authentic.
    ~Truth to the audience: By meeting the expectations of those listening, a storyteller is able to gain time and attention from the audience, fully meeting their promise to satisfy and entertain.
    ~Truth to the moment: A good storyteller should be able to tailor and adapt their tale for the optimum experience for their current listeners at the time and setting.
    ~Truth to the mission: The storyteller must have passion; they must have devotion and a cause that gives the story a purpose and greater value than the experience of simply listening.

    2) My favorite storyteller is not really a 'who', but a few 'whats'. There a few things that make tales more engaging to me, and those are dreams and people. Dreams make things more personal, unique, and unexpected. They don't have to make sense, but instead mean something to the person describing them. That way, when someone tells you about a dream they hope to achieve or that came to them in the night, you know you are being given a gift, as we hold dreams close to our hearts and usually only share them with those we deem as worthy. valuable, or trustworthy. The other thing that makes any story better is sharing it with someone you care about. Some of my favorite stories are told by my family or friends, and most of my favorite authors are ones that I share a passion for with a friend. By sharing a story with someone you love, together you can foster a greater overall value towards the story and it's teller by exciting one another.

    What makes Ophira's performance compelling is, in my opinion, her humanity. She described her story with realistic, down-to-earth language and emotion. She was honest, telling how, of all things, she wanted a Barbie Dreamhouse, and of the confusion and annoyance she felt upon returning home. She wasn't happy, but instead a little annoyed for not getting fawned over. Ophira really showed truth to the audience and the teller, because she opened her heart with her feelings and experience while engaging the listener's expectation of, in this instance, how her life was changed by the accident.

    "When we tell our stories in a safe community, all those things that separate us go away."
    ~Sarah Markley

    Good writing is a lot like painting: you have to blend together and layer your characters, language, and emotions in order to achieve a natural and pleasing look.

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  32. The four truths are:
    1.) Truth to the teller: You have to have confidence and passion in the story you're telling.
    2.) Truth to the audience: Fulfill your listener’s expectations.
    3.) Truth to the moment: Respond to what is being demanded in that moment.
    4.) Truth to the mission: Express any values that you want others to adopt as their own.

    I believe that my favorite story teller would have to be my dad. He always knows how to capture your attention and give details to where you feel like you were a part of the story he is telling.

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  33. The four truths are 1. The leader as a storyteller 2. Truth to the teller 3. Truth to the audience 4. Truth to the mission. I didn't even realize I didn't have a favorite storyteller until now. I can't really think of anyone off the top of my head. I don't have a specific favorite storyteller but as I was thinking I realized I do enjoy stories told from missionaries. I'm not really sure why either, possibly because we have the same interests. I like listening to people talk about things they love, seeing the excitement in their face as they're telling a story is great. I think what made that woman's story so intriguing is because you weren't sure where it was headed. It kept the audience waiting and wanting to know more. She was so detailed on the things that mattered and stayed on track. She didn't get sidetracked and then start talking about irrelevant information. Also how she showed her emotions and the way she changed her tone in certain parts of the story made it almost as if there was background music to make it more dramatic. The fact she added humor into some parts of the story made it more enjoyable.

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  34. The four truths are these:
    1. The storyteller has to believe in their story and tell it how it is
    2. The storyteller must make the story worth the audience's time
    3. The storyteller should know how to tell the story: making it practiced yet unique
    4. The storyteller must have a higher cause

    I don't have a favorite storyteller. Honestly, I'm not a great listener. I can listen when it's important, but listening to stories always make me bored. I would rather read a story for myself, or watch it play out.

    Ophira's story was interesting to me though. I've watched the video before, and it is still interesting. I think what makes her a good storyteller is how honest and direct she was. Also, she didn't jump around aimlessly, but told the story in a way that kept my attention.

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  35. Four truths of story telling
    Truth to the Teller: When telling a story, the teller needs to follow his or her truths, such as being more open about who they are and not giving a false image to the audience.
    Truth to the Audience: This is really important because the audience is promised some kind of solution to the story, and that promise needs to be fulfilled over the time the story is told.
    Truth to the Moment: The author should never tell the same story twice, so it fits the different audiences he/she encounters.
    Truth to the mission: The author needs to have a mission for the audience within the story, whether it to be to support a cause of to rethink an opinion.

    I don't get told too many stories really, but I think Hiatt has to be one of them. He acts out different people in the story, he raises his voice to make it fit, and just the way he tells it that makes it hilarious is always a treat. No matter what hes talking about, it seems to be something he is able to do.

    Moving on to the woman however, she made the story nteresting but in a different way. She brought in aspects of each of our lives that we all knew. When we were kids, there was always this super cool toy that we wanted that maybe we couldn't get but we still kinda looked at as the holy grail of toys. For her it was the barbie dream house she ended up getting from her dad. What also made you stand on edge was where she placed her pauses. And especially at the end when she pulled us all in with the letter and the fact that she wasn't strong but it's usually the parents that are strong. then throwing us into a loops with saying Adrian would never be 16. That's a vital moment that really brings the whole story to a close because the realization she had, and the fact that the birthday everyone looks forward to was taken from her young friend, is the moment everyone goes quiet and it makes them think even more. What she does well is bring the audience in through their own childhood and shows how vulnerable we all are at those ages.

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  36. The four truths of storytellers are...
    Truth to the teller-A storyteller must be passionate about his story. He/she must show belief in their story so that the audience will show faith as well.
    Truth to the uudience-Give the audience what they expect to hear. Use emotion and interaction to keep the audience captivated.
    Truth to the moment-Make the story unique every time you tell it.
    Truth to the mission-Your story should have a deeper message attached. Make sure your tale has meaning.
    This article reminds me of the show Shark Tank. Every person that walks through those big double doors to pitch their idea to a panel of millionaires and businessmen, tell a story. These stories evoke emotion because the people telling them believe in them 100%. Their mission is clear and all that is left is a response from the audience.

    My favorite storyteller is my dad. He doesn’t really tell me his stories with much enthusiasm. But, they are so much fun to hear! So, maybe he’s not really a great storyteller. But he’s lucky; lucky to have had an awesome life full of crazy and incredible moments to share. He is really good at making stories unique and adding a different flavor every time he tells it.

    Ophira Eisenberg is a great storyteller! One thing that stood out to me from the beginning was the fact that sometimes she would smile because she knew what she was about to say. This lead me to ask, “What is next in the story? The author is smiling. This must be a good part.” Another reason her performance was so good was because it was funny. The humor kept the story alive with emotion. She would often give the audience time to laugh before she began talking again. I think this is a good example of interacting with the audience. Even more powerful, however, was her emotion when talking about Adrian and her death. I could really feel the heaviness in her words.

    I’m all about the stories. I love telling stories because I love the reaction they get. I think stories let us connect with other humans and that’s why we will forever be a storytelling society.

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  37. The four truths are as follows.
    1- Truth of the Mission
    2- Truth to the Teller
    3- Truth to the Audience
    4- Truth to the Moment

    I have two favorite story tellers, the first being my father. Not only does he have so many amazing stories from his life to share with me, but he is amazing at creating fictional stories out of thin air. He always tells the best ghost stories around the campfire that are genuinely scary. My family likes to play a game on long road trips where someone will begin a story and then we will all add on, going in a circle. He always makes the best additions and creates the most surprising or suspenseful energy. My other favorite story teller would have to be Tyler Joseph, from the now famous band, "Twenty One Pilots". He has a way of taking serious issues, and deep thought, and turning them into catchy tunes that won't stay out of your head. With lyrics like "sometimes quiet is violent", everything he says has meaning, often that I can relate to immensely.

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  38. The four truths of storytelling interestingly enough all envelope what we discuss in class, TAP (Text, Audience and Purpose)
    1. Truth to the teller (Text and Purpose)
    2. Truth to the audience (Audience)
    3. Truth to the moment (Text and Audience)
    4. Truth to the mission (All the above)

    Now as far as stories go it would have to be anyone of my grandparents, period.
    Because they follow each of the truths, my grandparents always believes in the story that they are telling and everything that is in them. I am there usual audience so I always get the fulfilment of the story through them. The moment is always beautiful regardless how many times it's being told. There mission is always for me to learn something, which is very meaningful as a storyteller IMO.

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  39. The four truths are:
    1. Truth to the Teller: the author or teller should show that they are emotionally connected and invested in the story.
    2. Truth to the Audience: the expectations of the audience should always be fulfilled to the highest degree.
    3. Truth to the Moment: no story should be told the same way twice; adapt the tale to suit the situation at the time.
    4. Truth to the Mission: the story should pass along a goal, truth, or concept that the teller wishes to impart to the audience. Put some heart into the story.

    My grandma was always my favorite story teller. We would always travel to Yuma and stop by her house, to sit there and listen to her for hours. Even if the story was being repeated she always captivated me with her stories of good times or bad.

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  40. 1. What are the four truths?

    Truth to the Teller - The storyteller has to embody the story in order to fully portray the story through words so it sounds genuine. The more the storyteller knows of the story the more it comes to life as well.
    Truth to the Audience - “Make the ‘I’ in your story become ‘we,’ so the whole tribe or community can come together and unite behind your experience and the idea it embodies.” - Teri Schwartz ( this quote is one of my new favorites). Basically you need to convey your message in order for the audience to be fulfilled.
    Truth to the Moment - The storyteller should not tell the story the same way twice, it should be modified to fit the situation.
    Truth to the Mission- The storyteller is has to go beyond themselves in order to portray whatever their message may be, it has to have meaning to the audience.

    2. Who are your favorite storytellers, and what is it that makes them so special?
    My dad is my favorite storyteller although he has never read me an actual book, I enjoy the humorous stories he tells me of him as a child. He really embodies the story and makes me feel like I had just witnessed the moment along with him.

    3. What makes this woman's performance compelling?
    What's so compelling about Ophira Eisenberg's performance was the fact that her story was engaging. When she spoke about humorous moments or sad moments I was still engaged because she made me feel like I was there too. Another thing that was compelling was how genuine she from what I could tell, especially since she was apart of the story she added bits of humor and her facial expressions helped me understand the meaning of the story to her. She really pulled at my heart strings believing that everyone was okay in the beginning of the story with the car accident. Until she had me in tears saying how her friend Adrian ( I believe thats how its spelled) had not woken up after the accident. Especially when she said I would have loved for her to play with the barbie dream house with me, it hit me how much this little girl meant to her. I believe that Ophria is a great storyteller and I love to hear another one of her stories.

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  41. The Four Truths of Storytelling are :
    Truth to Mission- There needs to be a deeper meaning or message behind the story that the audience can learn from.
    Truth to Moment- The story needs to be unique each time in order to fit the situation.
    Truth to Teller- The story needs to be told in a passionate manner but it also must follow the beliefs of the teller in order to be more believable.
    Truth to Audience- The emotions and actions in which the story is relayed needs to be tuned to fit the audience.

    My favorite storytellers would probably have to be my parents. It may seem bias but they always seem to have had such interesting lives(or maybe that is just their storytelling;). When they go to tell a story, especially my mom they always seem to get in character and tell the story as if you were right there when it was happening.

    I believe the woman's story was so compelling, not just because she seemed to fulfill the criteria of storytelling but because her story was quite unlike what most of us have experienced. I believe that all humans are curious and caring at their core and when confronted with a foreign story such as this women's, it is only natural to listen even more intently.

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  42. In the article the four truths were staying true to the emotion/author, staying true to the audience, staying true to the moment, and staying true to the end goal.

    As far as story tellers go, my favorite would have to be my mom. Shes had so many amazing experiences throughout her life and I love hearing about them and how they can relate to my life as well. If I'm having a bad day she'll tell me about something similar that had happened to her and how she overcame it, motivating me to overcome my issues as well. Besides that, she's done so much traveling and met so many extraordinary people. She always has something interesting to share and I think that's pretty cool.

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  43. 1. The four Truths of Storyteliing are:
    Truth to Mission, Truth to Moment, Truth to Teller, Truth to Audience.

    2. My favorite storytellers include my parents, but more often than not I love hearing stories from WW2 vets or any other vet, they're stories have a way of captivating me.

    The woman's performance was compelling because she kept the audence engaged, kept the dialogue humurous, and she was genuine. She presented her story in a way that allowed the audeince to truly care and take part in the experiences that she had.

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  44. The four truths of storytelling are: truth to the teller, truth to the audience, truth to the moment, and truth to the mission. All of these four truths relate in some way to TAP (text, audience, and purpose). Truth to the teller and moment have to do with the “text” of storytelling. What is the narrator saying? Are they being genuine/real with the audience? Are they telling the truth about the moment? Are they portraying their feelings, memories, beliefs, morals? Are they connecting the story to any other pieces of text? Truth to the audience, obviously has to do with audience. How is the narrator involving the audience? How is he or she making them feel? How are they involving the reader? Finally, truth to the mission has to do with purpose. Why are they telling the story? Is a large part of their story relevant to their point? What is their point? Are they telling the reader clearly there point?

    These are the types of questions that are asked about pieces of text as well as storytelling. As it said in the article, similar to a piece of text, a storyteller can convey emotion, bring emotion out of the audience, make the audience involved in the story, reveal a purpose behind their story, and tells about a single moment in time. Being able to do all of these things makes for a successful storyteller. Now, in my life, I have not had very many verbal “storyteller,” but I have had people tell me stories, on a daily basis, about their lives and the person I enjoy listening to the most is my dad, and funny enough he does many of these things when telling a story. He makes sure to mention how he felt, he asks the rhetorical questions that get me involved in the story and describes it in such a way that I feel I am in the story as well. It is about one single point in time and his purpose is made clear by the emotion he gives through the story and his ending statements. Similar to the article, he also tweaks his story depending on the audience. I have heard him tell the same story several times and each time depending on his audience it differs a bit, either through word choice (more sophisticated versus less sophisticated language), emotion shown, or the length of time he took to tell his story. What makes my dad the best storyteller by far, however, is his how calm he is when telling the story and his articulation of the story. I like hearing him speak because he is easy to understand and doesn’t jump around in the story; it’s calm and clear.
    The woman in the video’s performance was so compelling mostly because she spoke about a time in her life that we could all relate to. Nearly everyone by their teenage years has lost someone, maybe not through death, but through moving, or relationship issues. Everyone knows about the Barbie Dreamhouse, the explaining death to an eight year old (typically after their goldfish dies), hospital visits, and everyone knows strong people who hid their emotions to strengthen you. Amongst all that, she is also incredibly REAL. Today, so many people I talk to are fake. Not like they are not a real person, but they don’t act like the person that they truly are, but this woman is more real than most people are all their lives. She exposed her happiness, her pain, confusion, and realization. She displayed all of these emotions through her gestures, voices, and facial expressions in a way that you couldn’t help, but to feel her pain because you could see it. Besides this she was clear, explanatory, and relational using figurative language or comparisons that everyone in the audience could relate to. To me, that is why this woman’s story is so compelling; she fully displays her emotions with all of their excitement and sadness while still keeping the story understandable and relatable.

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  45. The four truths of story telling are:
    1. Truth to the Teller
    2. Truth to the Audience
    3. Truth to the Moment
    4. Truth to the Mission

    Among my list of favorite storytelling devices and people is music, rap in particular. I just find it to be an inventive form of storytelling and I think it’s worth a mention in this blog response.

    For a while, I considered rap to be no more an elongated string of bottomless profanity set to a catchy beat. And, yes, in some cases, I still believe this to be true. However, I’ve come to appreciate specific rappers more as storytellers than vulgar artists desperate to feel indifference towards their fans. What changed my mind about rap is the engagement which some rappers create with their audience through personal elements from their lives. It creates an image of who that person is and what they’ve been through. Watching an artist perform live is really the most important part about rap and also the part about that kind of storytelling from which I am the most drawn. From what I understand, it’s an incredibly energetic experience. I’ve seen rap artists create a very personal space on stage even in front of 10,000 people and I think that is a special quality not all performers can create for themselves. I think it takes a special storyteller with a lot of energy to do that. At the end of the day, I think that’s the most important quality of any storyteller; to create a personal atmosphere for your audience no matter if it’s in front of 1 person or 100 people.

    Ophira Eisenberg was a great storyteller! My favorite part about how she told her story was with her use of personal thoughts. The inclusion of her very personal details helped to humanize her and as a performer, I know that humanizing yourself and creating a relatable persona for your audience is very important to keep them engaged.

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  46. The four Truths of Storytelling are; Truth to Mission, Truth to Moment, Truth to Teller, Truth to Audience. My favorite storytellers are my grandparents, and my father. My grandparents are originally from Mexico, and having a great grand father who also was in the Mexican Military, there was never a dull moment for a blast to the past. I love it when they tell stories, or talk about past experiences, or what they did as children because I can somehow relate to what they did. The woman's performance was compelling because she shared a experience that actually happened to her, she was humorous, and that kept the audience engaged.

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  47. The four truths of story telling are: Truth to the Teller, Truth to the Audience, Truth to the Moment, and Truth to the Mission.
    My favorite story teller was my great grandpa, he was from a poor family and dropped out of highschool, but game to become the owner of a billion dollar business. Of course that story and many others were extremely fascinating.
    The woman in the video was very humorous, she kept the audience engaged with her jokes and her personal experience that could have been relatable to others.

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  48. The Four Truths are:
    1. Be true to the author: let the emotion and intent of the author be the anchor to your piece

    2. Be true to the audience: Make sure that your audience is always in mind when you are writing a piece so they don't get bored or confused, after all who are you writing for?

    3. Be true to the moment: consistency is very important. the story should stay the same but it is up to the reader to interpret what they are given

    4. Be true to the mission: Stay true to what the author originally intended the piece to be

    I don't think that I have a favorite story teller, I'm not much for listening to stories. Not to say that I don't enjoy a good story every now and again. Though I personally love telling my own stories! There's something about being able to give someone an inside view of my life that I find enthralling.

    What made this woman's story so good is that she was very down to earth. You could relate to her and it added a depth of realize to her story. This gave the audience something to hold onto throughout the duration of the story. She brought up the story in a manner that seemed wholesome and realistic. It brought out the emotion in her piece.

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  49. Story telling contains four main truths, which include; truth to the moment, truth to the mission, truth to the audience, and truth to the teller. To me, the best story teller I've ever come to known was my grandfather. He would always tell us of how he was in high school. He told us many times how he excelled in school and got a big scholarship to Berkeley, and went on to train troops for combat during the war. The woman who talked in the video was very entertaining to watch. Not to mention, her personal experience kept me responsive to what she was saying.

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  50. The four truths are truth to the moment, truth to the mission, truth to the audience and to the teller. My favorite storyteller would have to be both my uncles. When I was younger they would tell me of how they grew up in Jamestown, New York and some little town in Virginia where they both respectively got into trouble and into random situations where they would do the dumbest things but I guess that is why it kept me entertained because I could relate. The woman was very interesting and kept me aware of the events in her story throughout the whole video

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  51. The Four Truths of the Storyteller are: truth to the teller, the audience, the moment and the mission. In my life my favorite storyteller is my Dad. He and I go back and forth telling each other stories and experiences that recently popped up or just remembered. What makes him my favorite storyteller is that he uses the same mannerisms as I do and I always are able to enjoy them. My Dad knows me well enough so that when he does tell a story it will be something I can take some sort of interest in. I in turn, for the most part, are able to tell stories right back to my Dad with similar effects, though usually mine are to make him laugh. I haven’t had many other storytellers to listen too so having my father as my favorite was pretty much a gimme.

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  52. The four truths include: The truth of the moment, truth to the audience, truth to the teller, and truth to the mission. I thought it was amazing how a business man could write such a beautiful article about story telling, because all you expect is well..business. My favorite story teller if all time is my dad. He has had a very interesting life living in south Phoenix as a young teen. Some details have to be left out, but that makes the story even richer, because it's so good that there is something to protect me from.

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  53. The four truths of a Storyteller are:
    1) Truth to the teller
    2) Truth to the audience
    3) Truth to the moment
    4) Truth to the mission

    My favorite story tellers would have to be my dad, my Nana, my aunts and my Uncle. I love the way my dad tells stories because he is always so animated, he tells jokes in between telling the story and keeps you engaged with the different levels of his voice. When my Nana tells stories she carries this sort of loving and entrancing tone as if each story that she tells was the best and funniest moment of her life whether it be my mom and Uncle Alfie fighting when they were young or me causing the mall to get locked down because I disappeared and there had been recent kidnappings in the area. I feel my aunts have mastered the art of voice inflection when it comes to telling stories, which is probably why I feel they are amazing at telling stories. Now, my Uncle (not my uncle Alfie, but his youngest brother, also, the baby in my mom's family) is probably the person I am closest to in this world and the way he tells stories completely draws me in. staring from the way he doesn't raise his voice and keeps it loud enough for you to hear, but quiet enough to keep you listening, to the look in his eyes of total mirth and nostalgia that one absolutely adores.
    The woman from the video had a very relatable and comforting aura and really knew ho to keep an audiences attention whether it be via jokes or personal experience or the inflection in her voice.

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  54. 4 Truths:
    Truth to the Teller
    Truth to the Audience
    Truth to the Moment
    Truth to the Mission

    I don't know a whole bunch of really great storytellers. My great grandma, just has so much life behind her, that she has a lot to tell. But I have to be the one that keeps me engaged. Honestly, one of the best storytellers in my family, is generally me. When I'm given the chance, I can get people really involved. Although, come to think of it, my Uncle is a pretty funny guy, so that makes his stories pretty good.
    For me, the funnier the person, then better ANY of their stories will be. If it's a funny story, it will be funnier. If its a devastating story, it will even more crushing.

    The woman in this video, she adds a lot of jokes here and there, even though it seems to be a pretty sad story. She really puts her emotions in it, and keeps a consistent pace in the way she speaks. She tells stories the same way I tell stories. When she talks of her mother and Adrian's mom looking at each other, I saw a lot of me in that. Talking about exactly what she saw. That really draws listeners in. Describing exactly what she saw, and exactly what she felt in those moments.
    Honesty is the biggest part of storytelling. The biggest part in life. It is the easiest way to get to people identify with you. She does that. She's vulnerable, and honest.

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  55. The four truths are:
    Truth to the Teller
    Truth to the Audience
    Truth to the Moment
    Truth to the Mission

    But as for story tellers I know, I don't know any good ones. But I feel that music is the ultimate way to tell a story. You can get so much by the passion of their words and what it truly means to them

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  56. The Four Truths:
    Truth to the Teller
    Truth to the Audience
    Truth to the Moment
    Truth to the Mission

    I don't really have a lot of favorite storytellers because I don't read a lot of books. If I had to pick a favorite storyteller, as in like a director in movies, I would pick James Wan just because I love horror movies. James Wan is the director of one of my favorite horror movies, The Conjuring. His style is more of actually building suspense and story behind the horror rather than just have a dude going around killing people in creative ways.

    One thing I noticed about the woman telling the story in the video, is that she kept almost the same tone while telling it throughout the whole video. She also didn't reveal everything all at once and kind of told the story through her younger self's point of view. It was almost like we were discovering everything with her.

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  57. The four truths of storytelling are the truth to the reader, the storyteller, the moment, and the mission. All four of these truths involve laying it all out there in different ways to truly get your point of the story across. One of my favorite storytellers is Steven Moffat who has worked on both Sherlock and Dr Who (and some other BBC shows) and I think that so many of the things he writes are just brilliant. He has such an out of the box way to tell a story and it always captures the audiences attention. I think perhaps if these shows were written differently they might not be some of my favorites. Steven Moffat actually just announced that he would be leaving Dr Who to be replaced by a new writer and the fans of the show expressed a lot of anger and sadness to this decision, proving his popularity. There are many different ways to tell a story but you always have to involve the truths.

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  58. The 4 truths of storytelling are:
    The Storyteller's Truth
    The Audience's Truth
    The Moment's Truth
    The Mission's Truth

    My favorite storyteller would have to be George R. R. Martin, the writer of the novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire". He takes a long while to get his stories written, and to rework them to the point at which they are released, with this, he makes his stories envelop the reader, and he makes it so that he can tell a story that has so many intricate layers, with so many characters that all have some sort of effect on one another. It is truly remarkable, and reading his works is one of my favorite things to do.

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  59. The Four Truths:
    Truth to the Teller
    Truth to the Audience
    Truth to the Moment
    Truth to the Mission

    My favorite story teller would have to be Stephen King, my grandpa, and my uncle. Stephen king has a way of making you feel like you're in the story and you're the one experiencing the events. There have been a few occasions where I have been creeped out by some of the stories he writes, and I'm not one to get creeped out easily. I enjoy listening to my grandpa tell stories because he has a way of making the story funny and relatable to you. He also ties every one of his stories to a life lesson, so needless to say he has taught me a lot through his stories. Lastly, my uncle is another one of my favorite story tellers because he always tells stories in a way that has the whole room erupting in laughter afterwards. My uncle is the funny one in the family and his stories always find a way of bringing joy to the room whether it's exaggeration or relating the story to people he's telling it to. This woman makes her story very compelling because she makes you feel like you're discovering everything with her and you're seeing the world through her eyes when she was progressing through life. She makes it very relatable and sentimental at the same time, which captures the audience's attention.

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  60. The Four Truths are the truth to the Teller, Audience, Moment, and Mission. As for my favorite storyteller, I would probably have to say my grandpa. He’s really dramatic when retelling stories about our family, and I think that trait was passed on to every single one of his kids and grandkids. He has a really calming old person voice; kind of gravelly, but familiar and comforting. He generally only tells stories about our family’s past, because he thinks it’s important for family history to be passed on to all of the future generations. One of the reasons I like it so much is because my family has never really enjoyed each other’s company, but whenever my grandpa talks, everyone shuts up and is actually kind of civil towards each other.

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  61. The Four Truths are the truth to the Teller, Audience, Moment, and Mission. As for my favorite storyteller, I would probably have to say my grandpa. He’s really dramatic when retelling stories about our family, and I think that trait was passed on to every single one of his kids and grandkids. He has a really calming old person voice; kind of gravelly, but familiar and comforting. He generally only tells stories about our family’s past, because he thinks it’s important for family history to be passed on to all of the future generations. One of the reasons I like it so much is because my family has never really enjoyed each other’s company, but whenever my grandpa talks, everyone shuts up and is actually kind of civil towards each other.

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  62. The four truths are to the teller, to the audience, to the moment, and to the mission.
    My favorite storyteller is probably my grandma. She tells a lot of funny stories from her childhood and it's fun because she gets really into it and starts laughing a lot. Even when it's a sad story, she tells it so vividly and with so much detail it seems like it happened yesterday even thought it was over 50 years ago.

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  63. The four truths of the storyteller are:
    -truth to the teller
    -truth to the audience
    -truth to the moment
    -truth to the mission
    My favorite storyteller is my cousin. She has the best stories of funny things that have happened to her while working as a cashier at McDonald's. She tells them in a way where you can see yourself there with her. I always ask her for new stories every time she comes over. Her stories can also be gross, sad, happy, but they're over all funny. She recalled a time where a woman forgot her baby on the baby changing station in the women's restroom. I remember laughing uncontrollably with tears in my eyes while she told this story. We all believe her because she is honest with her stories, no matter how outrageous they sound, she tells them with honesty.
    Ophira's story was easy to follow and it was like a roller coaster of emotion. She had humor, sadness, and realization in her story, just enough to keep the story engaging. She held all of the four truths in her story.

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  64. The four truths to the storyteller are:
    - truth to the teller
    - truth to the audience
    - truth to the moment
    - truth to the mission

    I don't really have the opportunity to be able to pay attention t stories; I never come into contact with them often, unless you count movies. I think my favorite storyteller, however, is my uncle. He makes them sound extremely engaging by adding his own sense of humor into the mix, and he tells them that help the person who's listening experience the story through his own eyes. The use of his sense of humor as well as his descriptions bring the story to life in a way that's interesting to the listener.

    Ophira made the story engaging because she told it in a way that made the reader feel like they were experiencing her coming-of-age with her. She talked about her feelings and how things progressed for her, and she revealed the truth behind her story and the things she learned as she got older. It was engaging to hear and actually managed to make me feel emotional, so it solidified the idea that she resonated well with her audience.

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  65. The four truths to the storyteller are the truth to the teller, the truth to the audience, the truth to the moment, and the truth to the mission.

    My favorite storyteller of all time was my third grade teacher, Mr. Nichols. Every day, at the end of the day he would read a chapter of the book we were reading at the time. He would do different voices for the different characters in the book. People who tell stories in very monotone voices aren't interesting. There was something about putting voices to the characters that drew me in and had me clinging to every word he said.

    Ophira's story had me in tears. Her story reminded me of something that happened in my life when I was young and thinking about both of them.. it broke my heart. Her story was so compelling because she drew the audience in with how she told the story. If she were to tell the same story in a monotone voice or talked like she didn't really care, no one would be interested. She used humor and tragedy to give the reader a roller coaster of emotions. I'm not going to lie, at first I didn't want to watch the video because it was long. But once I actually started listening to the story, I never wanted it to end.

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