Storytelling in Childhood

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Storytelling in Childhood
Musa Makhunga, Strategy Consultant, South Africa

My first lessons about society in general before I started school at age seven (to learn to read, count and write) were through stories told and shared around the fire place: they would be told with such intensity and humour, depending on the story line, you would not want to leave on your own to the next hut in the dark, lest the main character in the story pounces on you. The elders used this to reinforce acceptable values and created opportunities for asking questions, confirm suspicions, dispel assumptions.
These sessions were looked forward to with great anticipation for with story telling there was an "invitation into my world" which I am happy to share with you as a story teller. Often the storyteller was an older person with experience as a story teller. These were the best "education" sessions of my life. Do I think story telling has a place in the corporate world, most definitely! However story telling is an art and will require that we develop the skill to tell and listen to good stories!

Story Telling is a Tool for Life in General
Ericka Alonzo, Student (University), Nicaragua
I remember being a little girl and listening one thousand and one nights stories before going to bed and of course other stories; and I can tell you it was one of the best experiences I had in learning. As and adult, I have used some of the teachings they left in me in many ways. At work, I realize they were good to develop strategies related to interact with other people, introduce a new idea, etc. Also, when I teach to young people, story telling is such a great tool to help them understand something which could be rather difficult. The feelings put into it along with a good intonation and the true desire to help others or get your point across are powerful "counselors". Now, let's just imagine the wonders it can make on marketing strategies and the impact that could have on potential consumers!

Storytelling is a Tool to Channelize Young Minds
Pandey A K, Professor, India
A very powerful tool in learning complexities of life, storytelling can channelize the young people's thoughts on the right direction. All cultures have storytelling, especially in India, where epics like ramayana and mahabharata rule the daily lifestyles of most Indians. Musa's own story telling prowess took me back to my childhood days.



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