Storytelling Secrets from Boston’s Best Storytellers and Professional Speakers

Humans are emotional creatures. From fairy tales to TEDx presentations, stories have the power to entice, provoke, teach, inspire and entertain an audience of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. Our featured experts are award winning storytellers, professionals speakers and communication coaches from Boston and in this infographic, they will be sharing with you some of their best storytelling secrets to help unleash the storyteller within you. DOWNLOAD THE INFOGRAPHIC HERE


1) Kit Pang | Founder of BostonSpeaks, Keynote Speaker | @KitPangx |

“Stories always have a TIME and a PLACE. Help people get into story mode and set up the mood by introducing the setting right from the beginning. “The other day, my friend went on a blind date in Downtown, Boston only to realize that her date was….”

2) Angela Lussier | CEO of Speaker Sisterhood | @AngelaLussier |

“Good stories include the parts that make us feel vulnerable. Vulnerability is what connects your audience to our experiences and makes them feel something. Don’t just share that you started a new job, tell us why it was the scariest day of your life and how you felt. That makes a story great.”

3) Doug Lipman | Founder of Story Dynamics, | @DougLipman |

“Grow your story; don’t construct it! Germinate its images by imagining them fully. Put your story in the sunlight of helping listeners, day after day, and water it with their appreciative comments. Prune and add to it as needed. Repeat this entire process many times, until your story delights your listeners as reliably as a rose.”

4) Tamsen Webster | Founder of Strategic Speaking | @tamadear |

“Step one – Define these five things: what the characters want, why they’re not getting it, the revelation that changes how they see the situation (or world), what they do with that new information, and how.
Step two – Construct the story to reveal those five things, in that order. Easy. =)

5) Brendyn Schneider | Professional Storyspinner | @BrendynS |

“How do you tell a good story? – You might as well ask what makes a good life! It’s got to have intrigue, heart, originality and change. You tell it through practice, balance and respect. Then you hope no one noticed that your fly was down the whole time.”

6) Andrea Lovett | Storyteller & Teaching Artist | @storyspace |

“Find a story to tell that you have a connection with, a story that means something to you. The connection should be obvious when you tell. If you don’t know why you are telling that story the audience won’t either. If you are connected to your story the audience will travel with you and you will become the vehicle for your story.”

7) Bruce Marcus | Storyteller |

“To tell a good story, regardless of the genre, it is important that the story resonates with the teller. It should be one she likes or loves, or about something or someone important to him.  One should always strive to optimize his/her delivery through coaching, taking workshops or by watching one’s own self on video.  Most importantly, a good storyteller must consider and connect with the audience at hand.”

8) Cheryl Hamilton | Immigrant Advocate & Storyteller |

“First, start in the action. Take the audience to a place and time and be specific. Second, fight the tendency to only tell the story chronologically. My favorite stories are those where the teller pauses and riffs on a memory or shares some quick insight on a subject and then returns to the main story. Finally, and most importantly, be authentic.”

9) Dana Jay Bein | Comedian/Human | @danajaybein |

“A good story builds a bridge to its audience. The foundation of that bridge is most often a shared experience, understanding or vulnerability between the storyteller and the audience. Once the bridge is built, a storyteller can walk more comfortably in infinite directions with a captive audience.”

10) Katy Tynan | Chief Talent Strategist | @katytynan |

“The best stories are fascinating, relatable, and surprising. Think of the line “it was a dark and stormy night” – that’s the type of story that pulls people into the conversation – you can see people lean forward in their seats, wanting to know more. Leadership and management development are all about the story of how people relate to one another, and how organizations learn and grow.”

11) Bart Thompson | Student, Educator, Storyteller | @Now_Listen_Here

“Be emotionally honest to the story. Whether it be joy, fear, excitement, or even sorrow, allow the story to move you and the audience will come along. Our lives are all filled with unique experiences, but calling back to the most instinctual human emotions helps create a feeling of connection to one another. It is the idea of using storytelling to build community that makes every opportunity so exciting to me.”

12) Jannelle Codianni | Award Winning Storyteller |

“A great story should cost you something: your cool persona, your flawless record, your impenetrable armor. The vulnerabilities shared through story telling have the real power for connection between people and expansion within individuals. Ask yourself what the point of your story is and communicate what you learned without being didactic. Offer your story to the audience as a gift, and let them experience it in their own way. Enjoy yourself!”

13) Karen Chace | Storyteller, Teaching Artist, Author |

“Embody the story, feel it in your bones, make it a part of you.  Step into the setting, walk with the characters, hear the dialogue, use all of your five senses to describe it; bring the story to life.  Believe you are there and your story will transform from mere recitation of facts, to a genuine experience, connecting with your listeners. Most importantly, be authentic and have fun!”

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