Show, don’t tell — keep us interested

not teaching,still THINKING … Comedians might “tell” jokes, but they do so with such a “show” of explicit details and colorful anecdotes that listeners can visualize what they are hearing. And that is how comedians get their laughs. Journalists, too, use the same approach. They include anecdotes, examples and details in their storytelling because these […]

Seeing is believing — show, don’t tell

Three elements in stories keep the audience interested and prevent a story from becoming just a recitation of statements and quotes. Anecdotes Examples Details How you use these in stories will make a difference in the end. More important, however, is capturing them in the first place. It takes time and patience and lots of […]

Top 10 ways to show, not tell

It’s not easy to top the previous post, with a video of burned muffins and all. Watching those muffins burn to a crisp in a 10-second, time-lapse video is “showing” at its best. But let’s not forget all the other ways to “show, not tell.” Here is a Top 10 list to keep in mind […]