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Five Languages of Storytelling:

Gesture

Sound

Attitude

Listening

Words

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Five Languages provided by The Call of Story


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The Language of Gesture

Storyteller using gesture to make a point

Gesture is a natural part of human interaction. Without body language, only half of the story is told. Gestures provide context, feeling, and movement to a story that voice alone cannot accomplish. Gestures carry with them unspoken emotions or attitudes. Leaning away from the audience can represent distance, crossing the arms can show defensiveness, leaning forward can show interest. Words alone are not as effective as verbal language accompanied by non-verbal, physical language. Much can be conveyed in the raising of an eyebrown, or the frowning of a mouth. A good storyteller is expressive in body as well as voice.