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From: “Denise McCormack”
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 16:06:56 +0000 (UTC)

At the beginning of a program with children who are apt to be disruptive and even to address the adults who attend to them, I announce that I am a storyteller, that I tell stories, that I do not have a rewind button, and that storytelling is a conversation — it involves telling and listening, which makes them very important. I also call the adults to order and assure them that the stories are for them as well.

In short, I go over the rules and expectations.

I keep to a conversational tone, and I do use a microphone if one is available–I request one ahead of time. Alternatively, I have a small portable system with a headset and clip which is helpful for audiences of 50 or less participants.
The microphone is a great asset because whispers and other subtle variations to voice enhance the telling while insuring that all can hear them.


Denise McCormack, M.ED.

There is a story for every time and purpose under heaven.
… because the right words can do magic! And so can a little laughter!
Owner: Denise McCormack, LLC.
MagicWords101; DM Corporate Coaching
NJ State Liaison, National Storytelling Network
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President, Patchwork Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia

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