Pay attention to the NOW

If you want to be a better storyteller, embrace the fact that you can’t pay attention to two things at once.

Your attention belongs to you, and you have complete control to reclaim it.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • See with your ears and your eyes.
  • Leave your phone in your pockets and look up.
  • Listen for stories in everyday conversation—in cafes, on public transportation, at dining tables.
  • Talk to strangers and look for the unfamiliar.
  • Begin a sentence with “So, tell me about…”
  • Watch how people interact with their environment and each other.
  • Listen to a child.
  • Slow down.

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