（Contributed by Sharan)
You have got to factor all the elements of language, including: tone, intonation and enunciation, thus ensuring you stress the key words at the right times. You also need to make sure you have the best vocabulary at your disposal. You should check to see that the story is free from grammatical errors (unless they are intentional).
Another area to check is phrases; could you phrase the story in a better way? How about dialogue? What was said—for instance, reported speech—and the use of specific characters could involve taking on a different accent. This will add another dimension altogether. Basically, all the essential linguistic skills can be applied to effective storytelling techniques.
Other factors include your overall energy, pitch and talking speed. Don’t forget about gestures, body language and non-verbal communication to ensure that what you are saying is emphasised and not lost on the listener’s side. There are several ways to deliver a story effectively through speech.
It’s an art form which I often take for granted. I often watch great storytellers in action, and think about applying some of these techniques for my own use. I believe in order to find a method that works, we do need to test out a few options. I mean you can have a great story, but if it’s not told in the right way, your audience could hit the metaphorical snooze button on you. Now that would be tragic!
With that in mind, I will be off practising some storytelling skills this weekend. It really is nice when a student inspires you like that. Thanks everyone, I might not work every day of the week, but this saying is always true, regardless: “Every day is a school day!”
Have a great weekend everyone!