10.7 Tips for Successful Storytelling

English Notes
BSL Video

Within his "tips for successful storytelling", he lists several other features, including:

  • Rapport, especially via eye-contact with the audience
  • Allow the live performance and the reaction of the audience to affect the story
  • Create strong visual images
  • Use gestures with signs
  • Vary gestures with signs
  • Use pauses to allow the signs to sink in
  • Celebrate the Deaf Heritage
  • Hook the audience in from the start
  • Be selective and know how little you need to tell
  • Empower the audience to imagine things from the story
  • Be prepared and practice the sequence of events but remain spontaneous
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Consider the age and interest of the audience

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