"The Art of Storytelling" by John Walsh

On this week's episode of the Too Many Books podcast, we review a book on storytelling. If you're looking for a practical way to better communicate and engage with your classroom, boardroom, or friends this is the book for you.

Notable Quotes:

"An apology before a performance is an unrefined way of asking for reassurance. An apology after a performance is a crude way of asking for a compliment. Neither is appropriate, and both are unprofessional."

"The face can't be rushed if it's to do its job. Facial expressions reduce the number of words spoken by half and say twice as much. Slow down your spoken words so your face can tell its part of the story. At times, stop talking. Your face has too much to say to be interrupted by your voice."

"A phenomenon happens when you step in front of a group of listeners, something few speakers recognize and use to their advantage. When you step up, you have the undivided attention of your audience...for a few seconds. This is because you are the most active thing in the room. Let me emphasize this. You have their full attention for a few seconds, and no more. In that length of time, the audience will subconsciously make a snap judgment about how please they are that you are standing in front of them. If you don't seize this moment, their minds will conclude they have more important things to think about."

Rating: 7/10

Music by:

Chad Crouch


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