Please be prepared to tell your story from memory. We encourage you to practice, practice, practice! While it may be a little counter-intuitive, this will ensure that your story comes out naturally and not sound overly rehearsed. No notes allowed on stage.
Ask yourself “How did this experience change me?” and don’t be afraid to include places for self-reflection in your story. How is your story universal? What larger themes does your story touch upon? Speak from the heart and remember, good stories have stakes.
Start in the action and create emotional buy-in. This will grab your audience right from the get go and guarantee that they will become emotionally involved in your tale.
Stick to your story and avoid rabbit-trails. See tip #1.
Avoid slander. We know relationships with neighbors aren’t always warm and fuzzy; we want you to be honest about this if it’s your truth, but don’t let this distract you from your story. While getting on stage can be therapeutic, save the rant for your counselor.