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Animated Life by Floyd Norman

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Telling Stories

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Storytelling 101

A few sessions with Walt Disney could teach you a lot about storytelling.

Looking back on my school days, I'm reminded of our media room in Santa Barbara Junior High School. This was ordinary space that contained no computers, digital projectors, or elaborate sound equipment. What we had instead were storytellers. They were fascinating men and women who processed a special gift. They could tell a story that totally engaged every person in the room. For an hour, the young students hung on every word and were on the edge of our seats. On occasion, the stories were historical; sometimes they were simply fanciful tales. The characters were real, and the images in our heads were vivid. What was it, I ...

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