What’s your storytelling got to do with me?
Storytelling is conveying a message to an audience through images, words, and/or audible communication. I always think of my father who is an ex-marine and would have the craziest stories to tell.
Some of them are jokes (no I can’t tell you them all), life happenings, or just random thoughts on his mind. There was never a person my father wouldn’t talk to and he loved to see a smile. So he would weave in a joke or a story to get a rise out of anyone he met, and I mean a-n-y-o-n-e. As I aged I grew tired of this and would be embarrassed but in my 30s I learned to see it for what it was; him trying to make people smile and light up their day. So I now no longer roll my eyes but sometimes I still walk away so I can continue on with my task at hand because he can get lost in his conersations. I came to find out as I grew closer to my grandmother that this trait is very dear to the hearts of people in my extended family. Everyone loves a good story and has practiced it over and over again. So it would seem that I come from a long line of storytelling folk. I hope I do them justice every day through my work and friends and humor!
When I add in the thoughts of digital storytelling I think there is no limit to what you can visually show to someone in the story and how it can expand/support the story. When storytelling was just about words and basic pictures you could leave it to the imagination all the grand pieces of your story. But now with digital resources you can depict them for the audience. This can be a blessing and a cruse if you think about how people revolt against a popular book being turned into a movie that does not meet their expectations or differs from their images they created. However, I think people can appreciate that everyone’s story can co-mingle and you are not forced to confirm to any one story. That is the great thing about storytelling, you can mix in your own thoughts, images, and plots.
Now thinking about my work and how the videos by Ira Glass and Andrew Stanton can influence my thoughts on the implications of storytelling for my training classes. I like to think I use anticipation, get people to care, and allow them to put the pieces together. All these features can really help folks learn and understand the story I am trying to tell them. That story is how the topics I am teaching them will make their work life easier or better. The more I can convince them it is in their best interest and to come up with the solutions using my tools, the better off they will be overall.