Know Your Audience

Know Your Audience

I’m always fascinated by audience’s reactions while I’m telling a story. We all know that “knowing your audience” is one of the most important key elements when we tell a story. But how so? Where they laugh, what they respond to, how they...

Storytelling vs Presenting

I often get feedback like “You need to move on the stage” or “Your gestures need to be bigger” at Toastmasters. In the beginning of my Toastmasters years, those suggestions confused me. I understand the benefit of moving on the stage and being...
What Went Wrong with GoT?

What Went Wrong with GoT?

Disclaimer: I’ve never watched Game of Thrones (GoT)! Every Monday, my coworker enthusiastically talked about how much he loved GoT. “You need to take Monday off. You can’t take it when the show is over!” I teased him when the finale was 2 days away.  When I went back...

Say Bye to Distractions!

I swear! I was writing earlier! I don’t know how I got lost in Facebook…. Does it ring a bell? It is said that being a good writer is 3% hard work and 97% not getting distracted by Internet. According to the study conducted by Microsoft in 2015, the average...

How to Create Killer Opening Lines

Last month, I wrote about story ending. “What about opening?” some people asked. Opening is as important as ending. You can lose your audience/readers in the first minute with a dull opening. Once you lose them, it takes time to get their attention back. In the worst...

How to Write a Captivating Ending

Ending a story can be harder than ending a bad habit. When I have a vision of how to end my story, crafting a story is easy. When I don’t, it takes forever to finish writing. The ending is so important that it can change your audience’s whole perspective on your story...

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