Tell Us Something stories are true personal stories, shared live, from memory, without notes.
This allows the storyteller to better connect with the audience, our community.
YOUR STORY MATTERS!
March 20 – The Wilma, Missoula – “Right Place, Right Time”
ATTEND THE WORKSHOP
Tell Us Something provides a workshop where you can become comfortable with your story, with the other storytellers, and form a bond with each other. It is a safe place to work out the kinks, learn what works and what doesn’t, and it is guided by you — the storytellers! Note that the workshop is REQUIRED.
Make the listeners care.
Why is what you’re telling us important? What is the payoff (or loss)? If you struggle with an answer to this, you’ll lose your audience.
Start in the middle of the action. This helps get buy-in from the listeners.
No: “So I was on this road trip with some friends. We were on our way to Cleveland, and it was raining. It was a long drive. The traffic in Cleveland is nerve-wracking compared to driving in Montana! So, we get to Cleveland, and we are tired, so we decide to sleep and begin our adventure in the morning.”
Yes: “Elvis was discovered alive, and he agreed to play a show at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I stood at the door without a ticket. I had to make it past the guard, and I was confident I could sneak in without getting caught, arrested, or thrown on a bus back to Montana.”
No wandering stories or endings.
Know how you will end your story before you begin telling it. This will help you build towards a powerful ending.
Have fun with your story.
Memorize key points in your story so that you know the landmarks Play with the way you get to each landmark, and enjoy yourself, but know what you plan to say. You don’t want to crack on stage, and the audience does not want you to crack either. No need to be nervous. Imagine that you’re at a bar, telling a story to some friends. Oh, right. You are.
“When I told my friends I was going to be a comedian, they all laughed. No one’s laughing now”
Tell Us Something loves funny stories. But a stand-up routine is not a story.
Tell it to your therapist, not us.
So you’ve got some issues. We all do. Save it for the couch. Tell Us Something is no place for rants or whining.
Tell Us Something is Not Performance Art.
There is a way to tell a story as a performance, be it orally, via dance or some other form. The Tell Us Something stage is not that place.
The Tell Us Something stage is a place to share a story, not sell a product or service.
What were the smells and sounds related to what is happening in your story? How did you feel? What happened?
Do Not Over-Practice
OK, so you have a story to tell. Awesome. Be careful to not over practice it. As one Tell Us Something storyteller said, this is not a TED talk. Keep it real and raw by being prepared and comfortable with your story, but not so rehearsed that it seems scripted.
Want to tell a story?
Complete the form below to be considered for a story. Please let us know what date and theme grabbed your attention. You can also call 406-203-4683 to record a 3-minute story pitch.
How are storytellers chosen?
There are sign up sheets for each event for 2018. We’ve never turned anyone away from telling a story unless the roster was full.
If there are more storytellers signed up to share a story than there are available slots, storytellers will pitch their story by calling 406-203-4683. The Tell Us Something Advisory Board will listen to all of the stories and decide together which storytellers will make the final roster for a particular event.
If we ever get to that point, I’ll update this page to reflect the criteria we use to select the storytellers.