How to tell Great Stories


  1. Hook your audience. E.g. of hooks. 1) I will never forget the time (this happened)…; 2) You won’t believe what happened; 3) True story…
  2. Be passionate
  3. Be authentic
  4. Have a structure for your story. This will help you not forget parts of the story or have to go back and forth.

Pick a hooking point to start and then go backward or forward to fill the knowledge gap that your hook has created. E.g. for Danielle’s SD story, starting with the wedding day and an African man giving away a white girl. African man gives white girl away in marriage to a Hispanic man! The rest of the story is filling the details of the knowledge gap.

Grandma’s Prophecy – My story would start with the scene of ma grandma’s prophecy. Then it will go back to fill the knowledge gap before that and then forward to see if that prophecy is fulfilled and if so how.

Andrew Stanton said, “Telling a story is like telling a joke. It has a punchline. You set it up for the punchline. Everything you say from the beginning is leading to the punchline”.

“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.”― William Archer

How to Tell a Great Story