I was inspired by The Power of Personal Storytelling by Jack Maguire, a two years ago, when it arrived to me, and from then on, I did not stopped to study it and to be inspired.
As I read it again and again, I find new depth and advices to follow. I will recommend it in my Storytelling workshop to all.
Not only it helps to find your personal memories from which to draw for the tales, but then explains how to transform them into a story, how to "envision" them instead of learning them word by word, and at the end gives advices how to tell and spread them.
I have begun at Toastmasters, at age 74, with my first personal tale of how we escaped the Nazis and then the Russian soldiers through the icy Danube in Budapest, and October 2009 told a personal tale at Canal Café theater. With the help of this book, and another from Lipman, and a lot of practice, I went in one year from a small group to tell a personal story before 300 in Manchester and being even paid for it.
I use and read still the book, different chapters, and I am still inspired by it. I recommend it to all. Those still hesitating, those having begun, those wanting to improve too. There is something for all in it.