Recommended listening, reading, and viewing, for the trial attorney - or anyone curious about the art and science of storytelling.


Ira Glass, from the popular radio show, This American Life, explains the basics of story construction, and explains how to know if your story is compelling and worth telling. 

http://transom.org/2004/ira-glass/

Neuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the basis of human communication, and experiments from his lab reveal that even across different languages, our brains show similar activity, or become "aligned," when we hear the same idea or story. 

 

 

Ideas are the true currency of the twenty-first century. So, in order to succeed you need to be able to sell yourself and your ideas persuasively.  TED Talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED―which stands for technology, entertainment, and design―brings together the world's leading innovators and thinkers. Their online presentations have been viewed more than a billion times. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.


Significant Objects was a social and anthropological experiment devised by Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn.  The two researchers started with a hypothesis: a writer can invent a story about an object, investing the object with subjective significance that raises its objective value.  

The researchers purchased $128.74 worth of objects.  The thrift store "junk," when combined with a short fictional story about the object, sold for a total of $3612.51.

According to the Significant Objects site, "Stories are such a powerful drive of emotional value that their effect on any given object's subjective value can actually be measured objectively."


The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.