Storytelling: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.

Storytelling is a great social and cultural activity of sharing stories with an aim to educate, entertain, and instill moral values which are mostly used in the cultural oral storytelling events.

Storytelling: Exceeds Expectations Phrases

  • Knows the story splendidly and is very good at presenting the plot, setting, and characters.
  • Tells the story using a wide variety of vocabulary and very few or no grammatical errors.
  • Has excellent intonation, pronunciation, and stress and therefore intelligible and very fluent.
  • Varies the voices for different characters and is very expressive when speaking to make the story interesting.
  • Engages the audience very effectively using body language, facial expression, and eye contact.
  • Has powerful voice control and command that is audible and clear for the audience.
  • Uses exactly the right volume that the audience can hear and applies clear enunciation.
  • Maintains very sharp focus and clear concentration when telling the story.
  • Commands strong stage presence and utilizes the space very well.
  • Shows a lot of confidence when in front of the audience as well as being relaxed and comfortable.

Storytelling: Meets Expectations Phrases

  • Knows the story and is good at presenting the setting, characters, and plot.
  • Tells the story using various vocabularies and has few grammatical errors.
  • Has good intonation, pronunciation, and stress and therefore intelligible and fluent.
  • Uses different voices for various characters and is quite expressive when speaking.
  • Engages the audience quite effectively using body language, facial expression, and eye contact.
  • Maintains good command and control of voice that the audience can hear clearly.
  • Maintains good volume of voice that the audience can hear with clear enunciation.
  • Has good stage presence and makes good use of the space.
  • Maintains clear concentration and sharp focus when telling the story.
  • Shows confidence when addressing the audience and is also relaxed and comfortable.

Storytelling: Needs Improvement Phrases

  • Seems not to know the story well and fails to present the characters, plot and setting well.
  • Uses limited vocabulary range and makes numerous grammatical errors when telling the story.
  • Makes repeated errors in intonation, pronunciation, and stress and therefore not intelligible.
  • Does not vary the different characters? voice and uses little expression when speaking.
  • Barely engages the audience using body language, facial expression, and eye contact.
  • Has poor command and control of voice, which makes it difficult for the audience to hear.
  • Uses low voice volume that the audience can hardly hear and applies poor enunciation.
  • Uses the stage poorly and maintains a poor stage presence.
  • Seems preoccupied and without focus which affects concentration when telling the story.
  • Addresses the audience without confidence and appears tense and nervous.

Storytelling: Self Evaluation Questions

  • Do you give your characters distinct personalities based on what they do and say?
  • Does the audience remain engaged throughout the story telling session? How do you tell?
  • Do you prepare well before telling the story? Explain what you do.
  • Do you use vocal dynamics or speak in a monotone when telling the story?
  • What do you do to make the story interesting to the audience?
  • Do you ensure that the story is appropriate to the audience?
  • Do you stick to the timeframe allocated to the story or do you take too long or too short?
  • How would you describe your ability to tell stories? Rate yourself.
  • Do you involve the audience during story telling? Explain how you do it.
  • Explain a situation where you told a story to your colleagues. What was their response?

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