I used to call on a physician that told the most interesting stories. He was somewhat shy so when he spoke, people listened. And I was never disappointed.
On the other hand, every time someone else told a story, he focussed in in the story. He always had the right questions to draw out the right details to engage others in your story.
He passed away about 10 years ago, and at the funeral the pastor told us what he felt made this doctor a great man. He was interesting and interested. I think this is the secret sauce of being a good story teller. You have to engage with others, and that means having a two-way conversation that show your interest in the audience and that is interesting enough to keep the audience’s attention.
If you’re like me, sometimes you may feel that your day-to-day routine is boring. Trust me, to others it is interesting. Think of ways that you are unique. Your hobbies, your interest, your adventures. Start sharing these stories with others. When others are speaking, look for ways to display your interest in them. Focus on what they are saying. Ask the right questions.
Be interesting. Be interested.