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It’s Story Time!

Namrataa Arora also blogs at http://worldofmoms.wordpress.com.

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.” —Maya Angelou

Story-telling session. Image courtesy: Vinitha Ramchandani

Story-telling session. Image courtesy: Vinitha Ramchandani

One of the latest researches being driven in many organizations today is related to developing story-telling capability in leaders to enhance their effectiveness. Being able to tell a story is an art and also a skill, which, often, is a key success ingredient for people in many professions. If you follow a story telling ritual at home, the good news is that your child may already have a head-start in this area.

Many parents make stories a bedtime ritual with their children while some designate some time during the day. Some parents get the child to choose their favorite story and it might mean repeating the same story for many days till the child chooses another one. Some parents look for a new story to tell. Some rely on just audio story telling while some engage the child in visuals as well.

Stories are a great tool for facilitating the development of a child. Stories are not only able to get a child to listen and comprehend but also encourage thinking. Children are able to memorize key aspects of the story and ask questions.

Some simple steps that parents and child caregivers can take to make story telling a joyful event and to maximize the learning for a child are:

a)     Get access to a story repository. Sign up for a conventional library, which can provide children’s books or get access to online stories (in text format). While you can make a child listen to pre-recorded audios, listening to a story in your voice is likely to be much better appreciated by the child. Don’t shy away from making up your own story some times too. It is a great way for you to get your message through.

b)     Designate a specific time during the day as ‘Story Time’. This is uninterrupted time with no eating, no phone calls, no television or other interruptions.

c)     Allow the child to have a say in which story / kind of story he / she would like to listen to. Everyone loves choices. Children do too.

d)     Talk slowly and clearly. Children need to follow the words, need time for comprehension and to visualize.


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After 14 years of working as a Talent Development expert in the Corporate world, Namrataa Arora Singh decided to re-invent her career. A Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from the International Coach Academy (Australia), Namrataa has been coaching women across the globe for the last 6 years. Namrataa specializes in working with mompreneurs, single moms and working moms juggling a full time career with other responsibilities. You can read more of her blogs on http://worldofmoms.wordpress.com.

3 thoughts on “It’s Story Time!

  1. Ramya Srinivasan

    I agree, Namrata. Nothing like a good story telling session for a child to escape into a world of imagination and for the story-teller to destress!

    One idea which we often try at home, when my husband or I are particularly tired to narrate a story is “story building”. Each of us contributes one sentence to the story. It becomes hilarious towards the end as my 3 year old daughter takes the tiger to the playground, or my 8 year old brings in a sword-wielding warrior into the school!

  2. Kritika Srinivasan

    I recently interviewed Ameen of The Storywallahs (http://www.thestorywallahs.com/) and this is what he had to say about the power of story-telling:

    “Why do we tell stories? We believe very strongly in the power of stories to contribute to learning. Not because they are a better learning mechanism, but because human beings and children are story-animals. Our brains are hard-wired to consume information in story terms – we communicate in story terms and we think in story terms. Stories work at multiple levels – they engage children, and help them memorise data by contextualising information. In the academic space, if the story is linked to a subject, the story increases the interest in subject before it is taught and once the subject has been taught, follow-up stories increase the retention of the subject.Stories help move learning from rote learning to something which can be remembered.”

  3. Namrataa Arora Singh

    Great idea, Ramya! Not sure if you are aware but what you mentioned is one of the activities conducted in training sessions, typically used as an ice-breaker.

    Kritika, the art of story telling is becoming quite sought after in today’s world. Not just for children but even for senior leaders in corporates and for entrepreneurs. No wonder then that people are specializing in stories and offering coaching related to that. In fact, I happen to know of story coaches who coach people on this skill too!


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