Review – The Art of Story Telling by John Walsh

The ability to tell a story and communicate to an audience is not as simple as one might think. It takes practice but also an intentionality and commitment to hone one’s storytelling skills. I enjoyed the practicality of John’s book. It was written in an easy to understand manner. The chapters are  not overly long and each one provides you with exercises to practice what he has written about.  I walked away from the book encouraged that I can learn to communicate better.  We use the spoken word not just in telling stories but in the work place, our homes, with friends – the ability to craft those words in a way that maximizes effectiveness is important. This book will help you do that!

Some of the challenges that I was reminded of thru reading the book has to do with details, capturing the audience’s attention, and not using my hands! I use my hands when I speak, often without even realizing it. A good speaker / storyteller is one who captures their audience thru their words – grabbing your attention and drawing you in. Quality not quantity. The quality of the words we speak or write – not the number of them. More is not always better.

If you are interested in learning more about storytelling, I would recommend reading John’s book.


– received a copy of this from the publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of the book –