When the risk to remain tight in a bud is more painful....

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So you're curious about storytelling. This is good, this is the next step after we move over our fear in our journey to telling stories.

There's certainly a lot of hype about 'story', with it being bandied about as the answer to everything from how to be trusted to how to mow your lawn (no, sorry that part is just rubbish). Story is the new black, there are workshops on storytelling for start ups, storytelling for leaders, story for branding, advertising, job interviews, social media... on and on it goes. The word has become so stretchy we don't recognise what it actually is by its moniker alone, we need to further explain what we mean.

And so the first thing we need to do when we get curious is to figure out exactly which aspect of story we are curious about. If you are curious about oral storytelling - telling stories through the spoken word, then read on, if not then search google, your favourite social media site or event search engine for the type of storytelling you are curious about, and see what is available.

Being curious about oral storytelling is wonderful, but be warned, I have been where you are and it has become my life's passion!

What to do with this curiosity? I would start by listening, (and never stop). The two best ways to listen are at live events and on podcasts. For what is happening in Victoria Australia, the Storytelling Australia Victoria Facebook page is a fantastic resource. And for podcasts, to hear true personal stories recorded live, start with The Moth. If you want a broader exploration of oral storytelling try The Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf podcast. It is from Nth America and a few years old, but it is a golden education in a breadth of aspects of oral storytelling.

So feed that curiosity, learn and listen until, in the words of Anais Nin “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”