KEYS TO CRAFTING A GREAT STORY

  1. Memorize as little as possible: if you're reciting from memory, you run the risk of only remembering the words rather than the moment.
  2. Start in the action: have a great first line that brings your audience right into the story from the moment you're behind the microphone.
  3. There need to be stakes: the story should be important to you so that your audience knows why they're listening.
  4. No rants: take up this anger issue with your therapist, or skip therapy and shape your anger into a story with some kind of resolution. That way stories = therapy.
  5. Stick the landing: know the last line of your story. If you don't know how it will end, you'll tend to circle it and say it several different ways.