Colin McEnroe Show: How To Tell A Great Story

The trick is it's all in the delivery.

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Colin McEnroe Show: How To Tell A Great Story
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Colin McEnroe Show: How To Tell A Great Story
Story 1 - Jennifer Munro
Story 2 - Patty Picard
Story 3 - Catherine Conant

Storytellling is a stew, and the ingredients are delivery, plot and details. The best storytellers have a gift for weaving in new insights and inspirations each time they tell a story. They also have a gift for appearing to say something for the first time when, in fact, they've told the story dozens, perhaps hundreds, of times, polishing it like a stone.

My all-time storytelling hero is Mike Birbiglia. You hear him a lot on public radio, especially on "This American Life."
 
But nothing equals the experience of seeing him perform "Sleepwalk With Me," a series of loosely interconnected stories, in a live setting. My son saw him do it in a little theater on Bleecker Street. He talked for about 85 minutes, and nobody's attention wavered. Except the lady in the front row using her cell phone. 
 
Today we talk about what makes a good story. We've got pros telling stories in studio and we've even culled together some stories from our listeners. 
 
We want to hear from you. What makes a good story? Do you embellish when you tell stories to your friends and family?
 
Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

  

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Sarah,
I agree! Pole Bean Patty gets my vote!

Patty Pickard's story

I loved listening to the series "How to Tell a Great Story," and Patty Pickard's was by far my favorite. She has a wonderful voice and should be a regular on your show!