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Try to make notes on things you think would make a good story

It’s easier to tell good stories if you have a list of ideas. Get in the habit of making notes about things that would make a good story. Exciting things you have done, problems you have or things that have gone well. Why not spend some time thinking about experiences you’ve had where you’ve made yourself or others proud.

When you have something important to say, match it with a story

The next time you have something important to say, think about what stories you could use to bring that information to life. It will help you put your message across and the listener to understand it. For example, instead of saying that you think buildings should be easy for wheelchair users to access, tell a story about how you tried to get into a building but couldn’t because there weren’t any ramps for your wheelchair.

Practise your story

Stories get better with each telling. If you want to get better at telling stories, start telling them to different people. You’ll learn from each experience and instead of your story getting boring, it’ll get better every time.

Remember to tell your stories to different people. Practising is important, but you don’t want to tell the same stories to the same people.

Don’t try to be perfect

Perfect storytellers can be boring. Perfect characters aren’t interesting. Keep it real.

People are interested in real people. We want to hear about problems you’re having and how to overcome them, so be honest. When you share stories, tell people about what you found hard along the way.