Want to be a better storyteller? Comedian and writer Ophira Eisenberg shares the secrets of how to connect with your audience.
A story well-told is powerful. It grips us and keeps us engaged, then leave us somewhat changed—perhaps a little happier, more understanding, or determined—because of it. Good storytelling skills can be a powerful asset in business, helping you in every area from presentations to crafting a great rationale for a new project.
Ophira Eisenberg tells good stories. A stand-up comedian, radio host, and writer, she is a frequent host of popular New York City story slams staged by The Moth, a nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. She says the rise of social media has played a huge role in our renewed interest in storytelling.
“People want something more meaty than 140 characters,” she says. “So we go back to storytelling and maybe to revitalizing the human connection.”
Whether it’s about business or life, Eisenberg says good stories have several common elements: