Secret #1 A good story should be at least 80% true, the rest can be attributed to a bad memory.
Secret #2 Humour goes a long way and helps to gauge the listeners reactions.
Secret #3 I generally have two endings to my stories...a soft ending and a crash landing. Depending on the audience response I deliver one or the other. Both are the same ending, just delivered differently. For example : if the audience laughs at the sad parts I will go with the flow and deliver in a humorous fashion.
Secret #4 Remember that the story is to entertain the listener, not to feed the ego of the storyteller.
We have some terrific storytellers and writers at Igniters. Come to a meeting and meet them. What can you learn this week to make you a better communicator?!