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Video: Gestures for Storytelling and Public Speaking

Here's a brand new, eight-minute video on using gestures in storytelling and public speaking skills. We are thinking about making a series of storytelling techniques videos. Storytelling for teens? Storytelling for business? This is a prototype we assembled here in the office. (I said "we" like I have a monkey in shirt pocket.) YouTube of course botches the quality of these things but you can see a High-Quality version at YouTube or I can get you the 1.7 Gig version if you want it. Don't watch it in full-screen. Eww.

Have fun watching. It was fun to make. Any of you video production people want to joint venture with me on a project? Ahem.

Get my Audio Podcasts at this link. The official blog: K. Sean Buvala, storyteller and storytelling coach.

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Comment by Gail de Vos on March 25, 2009 at 8:35pm
Looking forward to it, thanks, Gail
Comment by Sean Buvala on March 24, 2009 at 6:28pm
Hi Gail-

Thanks for the note. Yes, the telling of the story itself is not the point, you are correct. The story is ancillary to the central idea of gestures- I am so glad you see that.

Okay, let me see how to get the hi-rez file of this out. Give me a day or so.

Comment by Gail de Vos on March 24, 2009 at 3:22pm
Sean, this is a treat -- and one that I will be using in my storytelling classes for sure -- what about the 1.7 Gig version? It is not the story that I am interested in -- although I enjoyed it-- but the emphasis on gesture that verifies what I am teaching them. It doesn't hurt that all of my students have to tell a fable as part of their assignments either!
Comment by Sean Buvala on March 21, 2009 at 3:13pm
Right indeed. Each audience has to be evaluated and it's the performers job to respond to the audience. Now, if I was doing a piece for a video, you bet, the pacing would be different.
Comment by Olivia Wells on March 21, 2009 at 2:44pm
I appreciate you hearing me, and understand what you are saying, I guess this was about my own preferences, and your audience was at a different energy level!

Comment by Sean Buvala on March 21, 2009 at 12:32pm
Okay, I meant to say that it might NOT translate well into video.
Comment by Sean Buvala on March 21, 2009 at 12:18pm
Hi Steph-

Thanks for you comments. For the live audience at the time, it was the correct pacing. Now, that might translate well into video, I agree.

The pacing on the "table" version of the story would have been correct for a business meeting of one or two people.

One of the problems we encounter in storytelling is pacing. Generally- storytellers can't match energy levels with the group. For that night, it was the right level.

I appreciate your feedback.
Comment by Olivia Wells on March 21, 2009 at 12:14pm
Sean, I enjoyed your video very much, and I agree it is a helpful tool.

And I have a little feedback! Can your hear it positively, because it is meant that way.

I very much liked your presentation of the story, and I also would have liked to hear it spoken just a little more slowly. I felt I didn't have enough time to build the pictures in my mind, before we were off again to the next picture. I agree that lingering with gestures is really important, and to pause, look at the cheese, look at the audience and at the cheese again, gives us lots more time to see and feel what you are putting out there.

Feel free to contradict me, and do what you will with this feedback.

cheers, smiles and hugs
Comment by Sean Buvala on March 20, 2009 at 12:40pm
Thanks for the positive comments! I appreciate it.
Comment by Pam Holcomb on March 20, 2009 at 9:22am
Hi Sean:

I thoroughly enjoyed your video. What a marvelous helpful tool! I taught speech and drama on the high school and college levels for many years. Using gestures was always an issue with any type of public speaking. I wish I'd had had this to show my students! It would have made my life so much easier! Please do make other videos!




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