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Being Expressive
By: K. Sean Buvala

Most new tellers struggle with expressiveness in their telling. When telling a story you want to bear in mind several things to determining your level of expressiveness.

1. What’s natural to you or required by the story itself? Different tellers and different tales all have a natural expressiveness. Often new tellers try to mimic the style of a favorite or influential teller. That doesn’t work very well-you need to use your natural style.

2. What’s the size of your group? Telling for 400 grade-school students requires a much broader range of expressiveness that telling for 5 or 6 adults in a home setting. In general, telling on stage requires a much broader range of body expressions than does telling for the camera.

Experts overall agree that most communication is at least 90% non-verbal. Expressiveness therefore must include not only your words, but the inflection, pacing and tone of your voice.

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