How to tell your story

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At each Told event, audience members will have a chance to tell their story live on stage. Come prepared to tell a 6 minute story (max) that connects in some way to the show theme. You can be creative with how loose that connection is—just don’t forget about it completely.

Prior to the start of the show, you will be able to toss your name into the bucket if you’re ready to go. In between the night’s two featured storytellers, we will pick audience members at random from the bucket. You may not be called, but we still love you.

Before coming to the event, practice up. Your story must be real, and it must be your story. Also, time can slip away from you in front of our audience. 6 minutes is both a lot of time and not much at all.

  • Time yourself telling your tale at home, and try to make sure you hit all the best parts in the right time. Stories under 6 minutes are just fine–many of our best audience stories have been only 3 minutes.
  • The theme is there to help, not hinder. Don’t feel intimidated by the theme. If you have a great story to tell, you can’t probably find a way to craft the story so that the theme can relate in some (perhaps abstract) manner. Let us know if you need help with this.
  • The audience WANTS you to do well. It is natural for some to fear a large audience, but there is not one audience member waiting for you to stumble or fail. They can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
  • While we discourage pre-writing your story, jotting down a few notes or an outline may be a nice security blanket.

If you would like some reassurance or feedback about your story, email us at toldcleveland@gmail.com. We would love to help you bring your tale to light.

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