The Power of Storytelling

I’ve written many blog posts about the relevance of storytelling for speechwriters and public speakers.

Jo Ellision pays homage to Philip Roth, one of America’s great storytellers, in the Weekend Financial Times. The opening paragraph captures the power of story to sway us:

From the villagers tuning in to the troubadour of yore, to the Kindle-reader of today, the best storytelling has a physical power: the swell of awe you feel when a sentence unwinds as beautifully in structure as in sentiment; the emotional tension you feel in the gut. Then there’s the rapture of being so involved with a plot you come to dread the ending — and the mourning that follows. The greatest stories should leave you feeling fundamentally altered. Shattered. Exhilarated. Changed.

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