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GUEST,Northerner How to handle criticism? (134* d) RE: How to handle criticism? 14 Jun 07

"Most people had not encountered a storyteller before." Some certainly hadn't. I think it's probably true to say that as I have been to events up and down the country over the last four years I've probably seen a much wiser range of storytellers than audiences and performers at local clubs and have a good idea as to what I should be aiming for. My interpretation of "The Talkative Tortoise" earlier this year was a pale thing compared to the superb interpretation of that story that I saw done by an Egyptian storyteller (she had the most amazing facial expressions), yet surely that shouldn't stop me from trying to work out my own version of a story.

Thank you AW.   It sounds like you have seen me - now I have to try and puzzle out who you are...

It takes time to develop from a beginner. Some stories that I tell work out better than others. Some will go into permanent repertoire, others won't. Hopefully my storytelling will go up another level when I implement the teaching that I had in masterclasses earlier this year. It's all slow, so I will just keep plodding away, and going to the further workshops that I have booked later this year. And yep, my critic has even scoffed at my going to workshops that I am investing in to try and improve.

Thank you all for your patience and comments. I will keep persevering. I have high standards for myself, so if I don't have a song or story that I am comfortable performing I sit and listen to the other performers. Tonight I will probably just listen.

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