But how do we tell interesting stories when speaking? A simple way to improve your storytelling is to make sure each story has suspense.
Suspense means the audience feels a strong desire to hear the outcome of the story. Do this and you will become a gripping story teller. Consider this example
At 11:30 on a cold February night, my wife and I were sound asleep. Suddenly, I was jolted awake by a crash in the next room.
Are you curious what happens next? Do you feel the suspense?
When telling a story, you and I want the audience to feel suspense almost immediately. Next, we seek to build that until it is revolved by the climax of the story. Suspense keeps the audience interested in the story.
Tension Building Tips to Start your Story
– Launch right into the story.
– Start with a suspenseful question. “Have you ever been so scared you were ready to call 911 or pickup a baseball bat?”
– Give a tease line right way. “I was scared. At 11:30…”
Once the suspense is started, you want to follow Craig Valentine’s advice and stir up the conflict and increase the suspense/tension.
Thoughts flashed through my mind. Is it an intruder? No one else should be here. Should I call 911? Where is my self defense weapon? Should we exit through the window?
This all builds suspense.
Use Pauses to Build the Suspense in your Stories
As you tell the story, use well placed pauses. Pausing will increase anticipation and suspense.
Suspense is very important, but so is the resolution.
Resolution relieves the tension and completes the story. If you don’t its like being at a movie theater and the owner kicks everyone out 20 minutes before it is over.
Suddenly I realized what likely caused the crash. I grabbed the baseball bat and inched out of the bedroom on a reconnaissance mission. In the dim light, I saw the shadow of the intruder. Mixie, the new cat….
See how powerful suspense is? Put it in your stories and you will tell interesting stories.
(C) Arlen Busenitz – Speaking Info.com