Storytelling resources

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Resources you can use about storytelling, making pictures etc.
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For small stories and updates, the following format has been proven to work well.
It's not an easy one, because it forces you to be both specific still using a minimum of words. But if you succeed you make a great story!


Each story starts with a picture.
Each story has the name of the Village and the country mentioned
Each story has a catchy title, referring to the result.
Each story has a maximum of max 125 words.

Each story has the following structure:

1. The issue, the situation as it was (please dated where possible)
2. The ‘’result’’ (role of Neighbours made explicit, a result can be progress, the next step, the event, the visit etc)
3. The changes caused by the result for the issue, the new situation

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A few weeks ago I asked the LinkedIn community (marketing and sales group) the do's and dont's of storytelling. There are some goodies here, I summarised them for you, use them whenever you feel like!

Marilyn (writer):
There are no rules for how to tell a story. Tell the story as you see it and feel it. In other words let your inner voice (your imagination) speak.

Mark Schoondorp:
recommends an expert called Marieke Schoenmaker (Gamechanger)

Kayte Connelly says:
I would encourage you to have your storytellers speak about what they know first. It is easier to tell a story that is authentic.

Then, they should consider who their audience is so they can tailor the language to the listener, or the reader. Why would someone tell a story in five minutes when they could in fifteen but not in an hour, if the story truly doesn't warrant an hour.

How are they telling their story? Use a medium with which they are familiar.

Practice, practice, practice. Take risks; be supportive. Find new words. Inspirations can be anywhere. In the lines of my hands I the dark behind my eyes I see....the first time I bit into something sweet or first kiss or hug. You get the picture.

Do be kind to those who are participating and guide them. The Oral Traditions are very noble...and there are grants out there to capture the spoken word.

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Here are some more!

Lorraine Baker:
My pointers/tips:

• Let your words paint a colorful tapestry with a special place ( e.g. title; book jacket) on which to hang it – “the hook” as those in advertising/public relations/publishing have been known to call it.

• Employ a narrative drive that compels the reader to pull up a cozy chair, one in which they want to snuggle, wrapped in a warm afgan, or favorite sweater, to ward off the cold, cruel world of ‘To Do’ lists.…

• Draw your characters full-figured, your settings intimate -- developed in a way that seduces the reader to stay put, no matter where those characters, and your storyline, may lead.

• Write, and write and write some more… all of it. You can always go back and edit later.

• Tell your story to anyone who will listen, being sure to use a voice that invites, excites and delights, not just recites. This technique is also helpful when you are developing narrative, or have developed writers block. Reading your work out loud to others allows you to hear it without the echoes of your own insecurities -- your internal critic.

• When presenting your story to a live audience – do have it in front of you, unless you have a really, really, good memory; or your personal style is to just make it up as you go !

Edward Hart says:
Look at Guy de Maupassant's La Parure/The Neckless; Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; Ted Hughes' The Rain Horse; Henry James' Turn of the Screw and similar - they are masters and masterpieces of the genre. The key element in each is that you, the reader, build the bigger picture yourself and that picture is constructed as much from what isn't said as what is.

Compare this with, say, for example, anything by Agatha Christie and it's like comparing a painting by Georges Braque with painting by numbers. Take a look and you'll see what I mean.

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Lubna Kably (newspaper columnist)at LinkedIn:

The three golden lessons:
An interesting beginning, a descriptive middle (but just the right size please), a good closing. Add to it a dash of humor and a twist in the tale if possible - an unexpected ending is always remembered. The best stories are those where the writer can bring to the table, his/her own experiences and weave it in the story. Introduction of a fictional aunty, does the trick for me, in my columns as it holds readers attention.

Philippe Nicolitch recommends a seminar about Storytelling: You may want to send your storytellers to what I think is the best story writing class: 'Story', by Robert McKee. All the do's and don'ts are covered in the 3-day intensive seminar.

And I love this one from Wendy Cohen:
Every writing teacher I ever had -- and there have been many wonderful folk in that group -- used this adage: "show don't tell."

What that means is to allow your descriptions of events, interactions and people to come alive. Don't do a "he said/she said," or "then this happened and that happened." Use words to paint the picture you want folks to see. Create visuals with language.

This is a mantra I use whenever I am writing. Even in business writing, and especially in resumes (which I do for many levels of workers from top to bottom) an image is generated that defies the average job descripttion an employer most often sees.

Show don't tell works every time. A good storyteller involves the listener or reader, and is not merely a talking head: they create participants not merely observers to events.


And last but not least:

Alex Geana:
Cut Cut Cut. And also, remember it's about the characters, discovering the people and conveying a scene. It means you touch into the readers world, draw it out and intertwine it with the story. Writing is about your reader.

Check out Stephen Kings book, On Writing. It's marvelous

Peter B. Giblett says:
One of the things I have picked up along the way (funnily enough from Law School) is that a good story takes the reader on a journey and it is that journey that is important, not the final conclusion.

Deborah McAdams says:
Omit needless words.

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Interviews with Neighbours make good stories, because they provide a close perspective on the work Neighbours do and their reasons for volunteering.

Here are some questions to ask when interviewing Neighbours for a story:

1. Tell us about yourself. Your age, your family, where you grew up, where you live now, where you go to school, what you’re studying, what you do for fun.

2. How would a good friend describe you?

3. Tell us about a typical Tuesday in your life.

4. What made you decide to become a volunteer with NABUUR? How did you find NABUUR?

5. Have you volunteered before? What role does volunteering play in your life? What do you get out of it personally?

6. Tell us about the village(s) you’ve worked with –

a. Why did you decide to work with this village?
b. What contact have you had with the other Neighbours and Local Rep?
c. What have you done for the village?
d. What gives you hope for the people of this village?

7. What do you consider to be your contribution to your projects (advise, coaching, time, adding new knowledge, contacts, etc.) Can you give an example or two?

8. What has this experience meant to you? How has it affected your life, your thoughts about poor people, about volunteering?

9. What is the biggest advantage for you to volunteer online (as opposed to volunteering in person)?

10. What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering online? What advice would you give them? What would you tell them to convince them this is a positive thing to do?


I am an old man .TEFFERA TESFAYE is my name.I have five children & I still live with my first & last women of my life ,I'm grown up in ADDIS ABEBA capital city of ETHIOPIA,I live in ADDIS ABEBA, at this moment I go TO THE LIFE SCHOOL OF THE NATURAL UNIVERSITY OF THE WORLD IN THE UNIVERSE(that is a joke),at the age 4 to 16 I have been student at THE LYCEE FRANCO ETHIOPIENNE,after in a TECHNICAL SCHOOL OF ADDIS ABEBA learning general electricity For 3 years(in ENGLISH),Diploma of theater and art in Addis Abeba,diploma of computer editing in COTE D'IVOIRE ,2nd degree initiation of spiritual art of MAHIKARI in MILANO ITALY... . By my capacity ,for fun I use to talk with a person, who thinks,they know every thing,or they think, are intellectuals good friend describe me?that I am special in any way.Every day is a day if I do good I gain good ,If not the contrary ,my good vibration & the modern technology was leading me to NABUUR ,I don't know yet how I feel about NABUUR,I have never been volunteer in NABUUR before,the role volunteering play in my life? accomplishment of spiritual mission. I get a VERY GOOD VIBRATION,my village women? by their capacities,they are still working,but by mine ,they can get more & benefit well,a/as I told you before for accomplishment of positive spiritual mission,b/only begging ,c/GOD knows,d/my positive vibration,7/their amelioration,8/by my capacity ,because think I do good ,I'll get a good filling.9/it is a good advantage but less than natural discussions .10/that he will get positive answer,if he is started positively ,or the contrary if he is started negatively.

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Kayole Estate in Embakasi District / Constituency is a 20 minutes drive East of Nairobi central business district. It holds approximately 20% of 925.775 total constituency population. Majority are of middle and lower class.

It is located on former Donhom farm whose black cotton soils make drainage poor. Provision of essential social services is inversely proportional to the rapid population increase in Kayole. Housing has given ways to slums. Clean water is inadequate. Waste disposal is pathetic. Air borne and water borne diseases, together with parasitic infections immensely contribute to the high morbidity and mortality in Kayole. Poverty and unemployment are two aggravating factors. Commercial sex and ilicit brews are two ventures most women engage in to eke a living. As a results incidences of HIV/AIDs are on the rise.

In view of the above stated risk/aggravating factors and disease conditions, Raha – Masimba, a non profit making community based organization was established two years ago to help the community realize the dream “health for all” in line with the vision 2030. Our core business is to provide accessible, quality but affordable curative, preventive and promotive health services. Rama Medical Clinic has been set up as the service delivery point for this project.

Through Rama Medical Clinic we hope to accomplish the following;
1)24 hour services.
2)Well equipped diagnostic laboratory.
3)Establish a radiography department for x-rays and ultra sound.
4)Well stocked pharmacy.
5)Operate an integrated MCH service.
6)Establish a full time hospital for the community.

The above anticipated accomplishments can only be implemented in phases due to their heavy financial implication. We have already done the following;
1)Rented a permanent structure measuring 5m x 7m, partitioned to create a waiting bay, reception /
dispensing counter, consultations room, laboratory and procedure room – the Rama medical Clinic manned by a clinical officer.
2)Offering outpatient services for 14 hours from 7am to 9pm daily including holidays.
3)The laboratory has the following;
One monocular microscope.
One binocular microscope.
One small refrigerator.
Various apparatus and reagents.
One laboratory technologist.
4)Reception and dispensing headed by a community nurse.

On average 450 cases pass through our clinic monthly. At our capacity we find this a great achievement.

On Nabuur, we aspire to link up with the idea-rich world to nurture, develop and sustain the project to benefit the community.


Hi Raphael

I would suggest that you get in touch with Bramuel, the Local Rep of Kayole Soweto village

They run Arrow Web Hospital, which is in the same area as you. Like you, they started small, and have slowly expanded their services over time, running a hospital as well as doing community outreach work.

You can also find contact details on their website at

You may be able to learn from each other.



Thank you very much for your response.
Actually I know arrow web Hospital but I do not know Bramuel.I will contact him soon and let you know of the progress.
Thanks very much for your guidance


I visited Mr. Bramuel of arrow web hospital yesterday.
He gave me a warm welcome and I appreciated him. He shared with me his experiences on how he managed to bring arrow web to its current status.
He promised to guide me in every step I shall undertake in order to help the society in providing medical services.
He suggested a great deal of networking with him, to achieve our goals.
Thank you for telling me about him.


Hi Raphael

You are welcome! Its great that the two of you have been able to meet up, and that he is able to help you.



thats amazing story telling i love it
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How an amazing story! i really like it. Thank for telling it!

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