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Leaders That Listen Public Speaking Curriculum

Storytelling Guide


This toolkit contains guiding principles for storytelling, background reading on how storytelling can foster inclusion and equity, storytelling templates, storytelling practice activities, activity and project ideas involving stories, storytelling project planner and rubric, and how to start a podcast. Hope these resources inspire you and others to tell more stories!

Resource 1: Storytelling: The Identity of a Leader


This essay provides an overview of the goals and elements of powerful, purposeful storytelling.

Resource 2: Making Storytelling Inclusive and Equitable


This essay describes how stories promote inclusion and how leaders can facilitate equitable conditions for storytelling.

Resource 3: Stories About Stories: A Message from the Author


The author tells her personal experiences with students and why stories can promote student self-expression.

Resource 4: Getting Stories Started: For Educators and Facilitators


This one-pager contains 6 personal checkpoints for facilitating opportunities for storytelling.

Resource 5: Getting Stories Started: For Speakers


This one-pager contains 6 personal checkpoints to help speakers come up with ideas for stories.

Resource 6: Getting Stories Started: For Listeners


This one-pager contains 6 personal checkpoints to help people be better audience members when listening to stories.

Resource 7: Story Warm-Ups


These 10 warm-up activities can be used as fun ways to practice storytelling in only 8-15 minutes.

Resource 8: Storytelling Cheat Sheet: Tips for Language and Delivery


Use this cheat sheet for quick tips for strong story beginnings, endings, and overall delivery.

Resource 9: Storytelling Speech Template


This format shows one way to weave stories into formal speeches that connect to broader messages.

Resource 10: Self-Advocacy Story


This format shows how to tell stories that advocate for personal needs and issues.

Resource 11: Sharing the Stories of Others


This format shows how to speak up for other people’s experiences in a caring, ethical way.

Resource 12: 7 Tips for Talking about Yourself in Interviews


These tips describe how to use stories effectively in job interviews.

Resource 13: Small Steps for Educators: Using Storytelling in Schools


This resource provides a list of ideas for incorporating storytelling practice into classrooms and schools.

Resource 14: Activity Examples: Facing the Fear Podcasts and StorySlams


Incorporate storytelling into short assignments by using these two standards-based examples (which include a rubric and ballot).

Resource 15: Class Project: “Me As a Speaker” Identity Performance


This resource provides an example of a longer 2-3 week class project showcasing student identity through storytelling.

Resource 16: Storytelling Rubric


This rubric can be used for a class project or giving feedback on storytelling as a whole.

Resource 17: Community Change Idea: Youth Voice Podcast


This extensive checklist outlines what is required to start a podcast.

Resource 18: Project Sketcher


This planning tool and calendar help organize public speaking project goals and prioritize specific skills and milestones.

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