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The definitive guide to telling an unforgettable story in any setting, drawing on twenty-five years of experience from the storytelling experts at The Moth.

New paperback edition out now!

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Over the past twenty-five years, the directors of The Moth have worked with people from all walks of life—including astronauts, rock stars, Nobel Prize-winners, high school students, dental hygienists, and a retired pickpocket—to develop true personal stories that have moved and delighted millions of listeners on The Moth’s Peabody Award–winning radio hour, The Moth Podcast and on stages across the globe. A leader in the modern storytelling movement, The Moth also inspires thousands of people around the globe to share their stories each year. 

Now, with How to Tell a Story, you will uncover and craft your own unique stories, like Moth storytellers including Mike Birbiglia, Rosanne Cash, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Gopnik, Amanda Gorman, Padma Lakshmi, Hasan Minhaj, Tig Notaro, Boots Riley, Molly Ringwald, Krista Tippett, John Turturro, and more. 

The paperback features new, exclusive material, including a new "How to tell YOUR Story" section, including story prompts to get you started and ideas for hosting your own Moth-style gathering at home, at your workplace, on a road trip, and more; along with a book club guide, and empowering, easy-to-follow tips for crafting stories that forge lasting bonds with friends, family, and colleagues alike.

Praise for How to Tell a Story:

“Fans of nonprofit storytelling organization The Moth, which, since 1997, has presented 50,000-plus stories, won a Peabody Award for its The Moth Radio Hour and boasts a popular eponymous podcast, will be drawn to this guide to, yep, telling stories. From toasts to eulogies, from job interviews to social events, this book will help you with ideas, structure, delivery and more.”— CNN

“Inspiring . . . This book . . . provides everything readers need to share their own personal narratives.”— Booklist

"How to Tell a Story shows us ALL how to rise to the occasion. This is a master class on standing in front of an audience. Bravo!" — Barnes & Noble

"True to its title, How to Tell a Story is a wonderfully practical and thoughtful guide to turning your own experiences and epiphanies into engaging tales." The Washington Post 

Whether your goal is to make it to The Moth stage, deliver the perfect wedding toast, wow clients at a business dinner, give a moving eulogy, ace a job interview, be a hit at parties, or simply connect more deeply to those around you, stories are essential. Sharing secrets of their time-honed process and using examples from notable and beloved storytellers, the Moth directors will help you:

• Mine your memories for your best stories;

• Explore structures that will boost the impact of your story;

• Tailor your stories for any occasion.

Beyond public speaking, The Moth team will help you present your most authentic self to the world—and tell stories that will forge lasting connections with coworkers, clients, friends, family and everyone in between. 

How To Tell A Story shows everyone has a story to share.