I love finding the storyteller in everyone! And nurturing it, and celebrating it! We’ve ALL got it! Much of my most satisfying work over the years has been in teaching and coaching others to find and celebrate their own storytelling capabilities.
And I love, love, love story swaps – everyone has a story to tell!
A-a-a-and…today’s “X” blog post is going to point briefly toward…
…Professional storytellers, those who devote their professional lives to “X”-cellence in storytelling!
(I know – it’s that kind of spell-cheating for today’s “X” blog post…but that’s okay.)
It’s true that storytelling is a basic, accessible and intrinsic activity for all people – and as for most human endeavors, there is a spectrum of practice. One way to articulate it: from “kitchen table” storytelling to “professional” storytelling, with a lot of variety in between.
Consider this analogy: Pretty much everyone can make a sandwich.
Probably also boil or scramble an egg, and make a piece of toast to go with it – yum! In other words, I think it’s safe to say that the ability to – if not “cook,” necessarily – make food into a meal is arguably universal, or at least very common.
One may be fortunate enough to have a parent or other person to teach them cooking skills, or have inclination and opportunities to experiment, study, and learn how to really grow as a cook. You probably could name someone(s) who stands out as a great cook in your life! (A couple of my nieces spring to my mind…!)
And then there are professional chefs! People who dedicate their energies and, yes, their professional lives to creative excellence in cooking.
A similar kind of spectrum can be found for storytelling/storytellers…
We all tell stories – whether jokes, or “what happened last weekend,” etc. Some naturally incorporate a lot of storytelling into their work and/or avocations. You probably could name someone(s) who stands out as a teller of stories in your life – whether Uncle Joe, your grandmother, a pastor or teacher or doctor who weaves interesting stories into their work…
And then there are professional storytellers! People who dedicate their energies and, yes, their professional lives to creative excellence in storytelling.
Just a bit of eXcellent food for thought, I think… 😉
Thanks for reading – Pam
I’d love to provide several links to professional tellers, organizations, resources, etc….but I’ve been sick all week and am out of energy…! But for sure let me point you toward the National Storytelling Network.