We now have an arsenal of killer stories that have had your friends, family and coworkers laughing and asking you to tell and retell. The local bookstore has offered you a regular story telling hour for a small bit of extra money and you are ready to go, but how will you use these stories at the party.
What you need to know is the old adage, always leave them wanting more, which is used a lot in theater and other show business is so very true. You are going to need to have your stories ready to tell, but just like a commercial break during your favorite TV show, you are going to stop before you get to the good part.
This is why you need to have several stories to tell. In order to be entertaining and somewhat the life of the party, at least the life of the conversation, you need to be able to tell a story, stop before you get to the funny, sad, or heroic part and start another story. By doing this, you will leave your audience wanting to know the ending of the first story and not really ready for the next story.
Again, this will take some practice and perfection, you will need to take it out to your friends, family and coworkers and give it a try, although by now they might be getting tired of your stories and not want to hear them. If this is the case, see how the stories work if you go to a bar, or club, or even if you decide to ride some public transportation; you might get a different reaction from people who have never heard them before.
Tips and Tricks (Well, Not Really.)
I know you have a great list of stories ready to go, but just to recap a little and make sure you have covered all the ground you can, what are the subjects of your stories? If your stories cover your childhood, trips you have taken, interesting events in your life, and especially embarrassing moments, you have got it right.
On the other hand, if you did not think of one or more of these subjects, now is the time to look back and add a few more stories to you repertoire. It sure can’t hurt for you to be fully armed with all the great stories you can think of.
The other tip I have is to figure out how to brag without sounding like you are bragging. That is going to be a bit of a tough skill to muster, but remember in the stories where you are the hero, let the audience come to the conclusion you are the hero, don’t throw it in their faces.
In fact, during these stories is a great time to get out one of the most embarrassing stories you have so they can see both sides of you, the heroic, and the self-deprecating. By doing this you are fully exuding confidence in yourself to get the job done, and have the ability to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake.