Learn Faster Through Principles of Storytelling

Here is another creative way to creatively learn and retain information. Try it and have fun!
clipped from www.lifehack.org
You may not think of it deliberately, but learning is very similar to storytelling. You need to give yourself vivid, memorable and emotionally descriptions of the information. When you learn with compelling metaphors, information seems to stick easily. Without metaphors, ideas are dry and slip through your ears without a second thought.
Metaphors and Holistic Learning
Holistic learning is based on the principle that learning works as a whole and not through rote memorization. When all of your ideas are connected together, it becomes far easier to remember them. The storyteller’s art of metaphor is crucial in holistic learning.
How to Create Good MetaphorsComing up with metaphors isn’t as difficult as it sounds, but it requires that you drop your search for the perfect description and look for multiple, simplified images.
Isolate a Characteristic.
Vivid is Better. Use descriptive language to give your metaphor emotional impact.
Quantity over Quality.
Draw it Out. Get out pen and paper and start drawing concepts.
The 10-Year Old Rule. Can you explain your metaphor to a ten-year old?

8 thoughts on “Learn Faster Through Principles of Storytelling

  1. cool articles you posted on metaphors and storytelling.
    This is something I liked that the Chassidic Rabbis do…everything is a story.

    Makes it fun and worth remembering.



  2. You are correct in that storytelling is a demanding craft. I’ve made my living as as storyteller (for adults and teens) for more than two decades. However, the ability to think in metaphor is also a learned skill and become easier and easier as time passes and the skill is used. For example, to type this comment, I can now use a keyboard without thinking. Back when I was 16 (almost 30 years ago) and learning to use (gasp!) a typewriter, typing was very hard to do and I thought I would never ever learn it.

    The other advantage to storytelling is that storytellers do not learn a story word-for-word but rather in episodes, piece by piece. This skill of linking metaphors is also an important life and business skill.

    Kind regards,

  3. If you like the Rabbis stories than I suggest you study Yiddish. In Yiddish the only way to translate the words is to tell the story behind it. You’ll see this illustrated in the book Joys of Yiddish. He explains this with the words Shlimil and Shlimazel. You know from the Laverne and Shirley song.

    Anyway, a Shlimil is someone who always spills his soup. A Shlimazel is the one he always spills his soup on. Oy!

    Here’s an interesting site where you can test your Yiddish. http://www.bubbygram.com/scripts/popquiz.htm

  4. Love the dialog everybody! Keep it up. Steve, I had no idea about the words above – LOL! I remember the Laverne and Shirley song (sad but true).

    Everyone has their life story to tell, right?

    Keep reading, -Eric

    Don’t forget to pass along WeirdGuy blog to your friends and join the email list :)

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