Tell Me A Story Please

I’ve been going to a few story slams recently, which have been in a casual cafe venue. A theme is given, and anyone interested then creates a story, which must be true, 5 minutes long, and told on-stage. Random judges from the audience rate their content and delivery, separately. This weekend I went to the grand story slam, where all the winners of those story slams competed. The stories were very engaging, the contestants quirky, funny, flirty, and dramatic.  The art of storytelling has disappeared from many of our lives, replaced by literacy, the Internet, and smaller family and community networks. But, I have a feeling it will not disappear altogether, even if it comes back in different forms than before.  Maybe that is part of the recent appeal of spokespeople on websites, and of Youtube videos. It’s reassuring and more engaging watching a live spokesperson, whether it’s the owner of the service or product, a model, or an actor. It can be easier to convey more information with less ambiguity using speech, tone, and body language. Check out DDA’s Internet portolio to see the impact of using spokespeople to communicate, or visit DDA’s video gallery of actors.