5 Excellent Talks About Storytelling

2 min readJul 25, 2018

Make yourself a drink, sit back and enjoy these five illuminating talks.

When learning any new skill it helps to seek the advice of experts.

They function as a convenient vehicle for accelerating your understanding of whatever it is you want to know more about.

Like storytelling for example.

The good news is the internet is an excellent place to track down wisdom from some of the world’s best.

So what are you waiting for?

Find some time and a quiet space and enjoy these 5 fabulous talks:

1. The Clues To A Great Story

Andrew Stanton has worked at the highly regarded animation company Pixar since 1990. There, he has been involved in writing, directing and producing some of the world’s most loved animated films including Toy Story, Finding Nemo and WALL-E. In his TED talk which has been viewed more than 3 million times he shares his secrets to making great stories.

2. The Magical Science Of Storytelling

David JP Phillips’ talk is full of good stories and peppered with humorous moments. In it, he shares some of the key neuroscience behind storytelling. He explains that we actually ‘feel’ great stories because they promote the release of the endorphin dopamine and other hormones into our bloodstream. Spooky!

3. Catch Me If You Can

You may have seen the Hollywood movie of the same title. The story of Frank Abagnale Jr.’s life is stranger than fiction. Ok so this one’s not specifically about storytelling as such but it is an example of a masterful storyteller at work. It’s incredible how the time seems to fly watching what is, in reality, quite a long talk.

4. The Mystery Box

J.J. Abrams created the popular TV show Lost as well as directing movies such as Cloverfield and the new Star Trek. In his TED talk he discusses the importance of curiosity when it comes to storytelling. Describing the influence of his grandfather on him as a young boy, he recalls how he was always fascinated with knowing how things work.

5. The Mystery Of Storytelling

Julian Friedmann is a publisher with 40 years of experience working with writers. He mentions some of the important lessons he’s learnt during that time of what makes for a good story. Friedman passionately believes the key to better storytelling is understanding that it is more about the audience than the writer.

Any other talks out there worth sharing? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.




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