Why Storytelling is NOT just for kids

Teo Kark April 28, 2014 0
Why Storytelling is NOT just for kids

These past few months I’ve been working a lot on my storytelling skill.

-“Why? Are you a teacher, or something? For god’s sake, what does it have to do with Medicine?”

Well, my present belief is that storytelling is NOT something completely separate from Medicine.

Stories are the balm, the Chickensoup for the soul, as Jack Canfield puts it since the beginning of times.

What I found out is that Storytelling is not just for kids. Or, well, maybe it is, and adults are just BIG kids. Whatever the case, adults need stories too, in order to learn and understand effectively.. We are HARDWIRED for stories.

-“Well I don’t think so, we can understand data and meaningful messages without disguises, thank you sir!!”

Is that so? There is a huge gap between knowledge VS understanding and assimilation.. Let me tell you a little story I love:

Once upon a time, there was a farmer that had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away.

All the neighbors came by saying, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

A few days later, his horse came back with twenty wild horses following. The man and his son corraled all 21 horses.

All the neighbors came by saying, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

One of the wild horses kicked the man’s only son, breaking both his legs.

All the neighbors came by saying, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

The country went to war, and every able-bodied young man was drafted to fight. The war was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer’s son was spared, since his broken legs prevented him from being drafted.

All the neighbors came by saying, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

Source: http://sivers.org/horses . I don’t remember when I heard it for the first time, but I just found out that this is one of the favorite fables of Derek Sivers too 🙂 Anyway. The point is this:

Do you see any difference between reading the story above and reading just the quote:

Don’t rush making assumptions

without reading a story that explains it? I believe you can clearly see the difference.

The message is just knowledge, but the story is true understanding and assimilation.

 

This “AHA” brought me down the path of exploring and experimenting with storytelling, how it can be improved, what are the elements that are needed, what’s the best way to present them, how to connect them to meaningful messages and how to create your own stories, especially from your past memories.

The thing about past memories is that we always seem to forget most of them. We are “Deletion Creatures” as Tony Robbins says, and we easily delete what doesn’t fit us from our past.

The coolest thing about storytelling is that it gives you the Power to “re-frame” your past, meaning that you can take your memories and look at them from a completely different frame and angle, consciously forming your own story of the past that not only Supports you in the present, but also gives you something great and interesting to speak and dream about. 🙂

But that’s for a future post! 😉

I’d like to hear some of your opinions, so please just take the time to write a short comment below, it would truly mean a lot to the NSM community and me..