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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 Listening

Captivated Audience

The language of listening does not refer to an audience's ability to listen to the performer, but to the performer's ability to listen to his/her audience. The audience guides the story by offering feedback to the teller. This is not necessarily verbal feedback. The audience guides the performer with its responses, whether those responses are gasps, laughter, tears, scowls, or screams.

An experienced and talented storyteller can use the feedback they get from listening to the audience to elaborate where necessary or move on when the story is getting too dull. Listening can also help the teller decide how to go about doing audience participation, or what types of stories the particular audience responds to best. This is one of the most difficult and nuanced aspects of the art of storytelling.