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Settle Stories: What Makes A Good Performer?
Settle Stories Founding Director, Sita Brand
Think about giving a speech at work or at a wedding, perhaps you're a storyteller or actor. You know that when you have a strong understanding of the content of your performance, you deliver a stronger one.

This month with Settle Stories, you have the chance to learn to enhance your techniques as a performer for any audience with our workshop the Power of Intention. This workshop aims to see you become a story archaeologist, and identify the meaning behind your story to enable you to tell it with precision, power and depth.

We spoke to Settle Stories Founding Director, Sita Brand, who will be delivering the Power of Intention about what makes a good storyteller and her upcoming workshop.

Do you have a favorite storyteller?

I love Abbi Patrix and Laura Simms.

What it is about them that makes them a good storyteller?

I like the precision of Abbi's work. He's like a magician of the spoken word. I'm always captivated. With Laura, I love how she weaves her personal stories into her telling. I am drawn into her world and I remember her stories long after the performance. If a storyteller can achieve a lasting impact with the stories they tell you know they have a unique ability.

Can you tell me a little about the challenges involved in capturing an audience?

Audiences differ so the challenges vary too. I've been working for over 30 years as a storyteller and consultant. I've noticed that as the world we live in has become increasingly digital, audiences have lower attention spans. Of course it's still possible to capture them but we have to learn to do this in the first few seconds of a performance. During the Power of Intention, I will show participants how to do this.

What do you think makes a successful speaker?

I think the art of a great storyteller is someone who can keep your attention, weave magic with words and draw you in so you are enveloped in the world of the story.

You have drawn on a range of performance techniques for The Power of Intention - could you tell me about them and which are the most effective?

My theatre training and an exposure particularly to traditional Indian storytelling has defined my work. I think different techniques are appropriate for different audiences. In the Power of Intention we will explore how the intention in our presentation or performance can effect how it is received by the audience. This will give us a vocal and emotional range that strengthens our performance and brings us alive to an audience.

In the Power of Intention, we will draw on techniques from a range of practitioners including Stanislavsky, Philippe Gaulier and Max Stafford-Clark. My all time favourite has to be Gaullier. It was from him that I learnt the art of play and how to be truly present during a performance. I will show workshop participants how to combine these techniques with energy that can be achieved from auctioning within the text that you're working with.

Learn to tell your story. Join Sita Brand in Settle, North Yorkshire on the 17th September.

Settle Stories: What Makes A Good Performer?, 6th September 2016, 12:33 PM