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Power of Personal Storytelling [Paperback]

Jack Maguire
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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher; 1st Trade Pbk. Ed edition (7 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874779308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874779301
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Argues that storytelling enables individuals to communicate in a clearer and more interesting way, and shows how to use one's experiences to improve interpersonal connections and self-confidence.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, useful, and fun 4 Sep 1999
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Something gave me an itch to make a hobby out of personal storytelling. I didn't know where to begin, but I found this book at Amazon.com (wasn't available in the bookstores). The title looked catchy, so I decided to give it a shot. I was richly rewarded!
The day may come when Storytelling re-emerges as a national pasttime. If it does, this book may very well be the handbook of such a revlotion.
The exercises are fun and enlightening. I've found my childhood memories to be more full of color and vitality after following Maguire's suggestions. The story prompts in the Appendix are just a ton of fun, too, if you want to get some freinds together and have a good time.
Well done, Jack!
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Jack Maguire has a well organized approach to storytelling that provides resources for an individual wishing to tell his or her own story, for storytellers who want to develop some personal stories in their repetoire, and for those working in therapeutic settings. His selection of quotations about story are set clearly in wide margins and are unusually diverse and concrete. The book is chock full of ideas for finding your own story and for ways of helping others do the same. He interwines his personal experiences in ahelpful way to encourage the storyteller at anylevel.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding yourself and others 12 July 2010
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An excellent guide to refreshing your skills (and we all know how to tell stories - some of us have just forgotten). If you're preparing to write a book, teach or help children get to sleep, then it helps you get your mind around how to tell. If you are in management or sales, then combine this with Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Find, Develop, and Deliver Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact for maximum impact. Engage your audience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Aug 2014
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Well worth reading and has lots of usefull information.
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