I’m delighted to bring you these insights from renowned storyteller P.W. Fenton. He publishes the award-winning Digital Flotsam podcast, among others, and has a long history as a broadcast engineer, actor, photographer, musician, songwriter and video producer. I’ve learned a lot about telling stories from listening to P.W., and I hope you will too.
Here are the shownotes:
00:01 Introduction and welcome; how I was first introduced to P.W. via Shel Holtz on the For Immediate Release: Hobson and Holtz podcast
01:55 About P.W. Fenton
03:20 How P.W. Fenton became a storyteller
05:05 Early influences on P.W., including radio, particularly Jean Shepherd
07:05 Keys to a good story: beginning, middle, end; start by doing something to get the listener interested; narrate in a way that keeps the interest going and that anticipates the ending and supports your conclusion; need to experience your own story as a listener.
08:44 P.W. has lived all of his stories; the best stories come from our own experiences.
09:58 How P.W. produces Digital Flotsam; the importance of editing.
12:07 P.W. has to enjoy his own stories.
12:35 P.W. shares advice about the art and craft of storytelling; the importance of reading and listening to stories and finding your own voice.
13:40 Advantages of audio storytelling vs. written storytelling; much easier to convey intent with spoken words; must write for your own voice and work to your strengths; difficulty of attempting to put P.W.’s own stories into a book.
16:37 My insights about relevance of P.W.’s comments to storytelling in a business context: Enjoy your own stories; listen to others’ stories; structure counts; best stories come from your everyday experiences.
18:35 Your comments are welcome; where to send comments: Email: donna AT trafcom DOT com, or comment on the show blog: Trafcom News Podcast