I received a highly favorable comment from a recent performance in which I told three short stories (The Miller, his Son and their donkey; A Single Grain of Rice; and The Cracked Water Pot) which was forwarded to me-- as follows:
The Story Teller was a very pleasant portion of the evening. I was pleasantly surprised in her story selection.
When I queried what this might mean, and what kind of stories he had been expecting, I received this reply:
I have heard story tellers in my past and the stories I have heard have either been unfamiliar childrens stories that were fairly complicated or I heard a pair of story telling clowns who told this outrageously long story and they were oblivious to how they had lost the audience.
The stories or should I say fables(?) you told were a good length, thought provoking, ... and your presentation was very well timed. Also you have a very pleasant voice.
Jo Radner once said, "a powerful story, poorly performed on a public stage, undermines the credibility of the art form". Let's all be working to uphold the reputation of our art!