From: Dr Eric Miller
Date: July 2020
The "Candid" Storytelling Style
Even if you would be telling a children's
story -- with song, and enacting characters
with special styles of speaking and moving --
I suggest you might at times seek to tell
in the "candid" storytelling style. This style
is described below.
You might find it useful and enjoyable
to slip "into" and "out of" the "candid"
storytelling style -- no matter the story,
no matter the type of audience members.
Listeners may experience this style as
refreshing and surprising, and thus,
as disarming and intriguing.
To tell in the "candid" storytelling style,
Seek to speak --
Candidly, frankly, honestly, and warmly.
Directly and simply.
In a relaxed and straight-forward manner.
In a "down to earth" way.
"Cutting through the red tape."
Providing "a breath of fresh air."
With an easy and natural self-confidence
With emotional fluency (fluency means, flow).
A confluence is the meeting of 2 or more rivers.
Sometimes getting "carried way" with
the drama and emotions of a story,
when one "really gets into it."
Intimately, as if one were talking with a
Seek to be real.
Seek to avoid --
"Announcing" and "declaring" each sentence.
"Putting on a show."
Speaking "down to" one's listeners --
even if they are children.
Speaking in stilted, halting, cautious,
or guarded ways.
Being pretentious or artificial.
A key point is to avoid insisting (from
outside the story) that there is drama
and emotion in what one is telling.
Rather, one can let the drama and
emotions of a story "sneak up" on one,
"grow" on one, and thus illuminate one's
performance from within the story.
Sometimes it is best to start calmly,
matter-of-factly. If one is excited and
"worked-up" from the beginning, one
can't raise the levels of these emotions
very much in the course of telling the
To be able to tell candidly, it helps
to be very familiar with the story one
would be telling.
One would not memorise words.
However, one would plan how one
would be telling the story, and one
would practice telling it.
Here are 2 examples of Dr Eric telling
in the "candid" storytelling style --
1) "President Donald Trump and
Dr Eric Miller have a conversation"
(an original story composed by
2) Tamil Nadu's leading epic, "Silappathikaram"
("Epic of the Anklet") (audio only)
Just for general info: an article Dr Eric has
written about the "Epic of the Anklet" is here.