Dinner Inspiration- Storytelling and Tablemaking

Have you ever thought about how the common dinner table might change the world? Check out this TEDx Talk by Michael Hebb, all about “Table Making”.


Want some tips for sharing your Entwine story? Check these out--we’ve adapted them (with permission) from lessons taught to Entwine by Lea Thau. Lea ran “The Moth” storytelling platform for ten years.

  • It may be tempting to leave it until the last minute, but trust us: it will be way more fun to tell your story if you practice once or twice beforehand!
  • Instead of recounting events (‘I did this, then I did this, then I did this’), tell a story that is a kind of “snapshot” of something that was pivotal for you on your trip.
  • To help you decide how to build your story, ask yourself: what’s at stake for you as the main character? What you have to lose?--a dream, money, friendship, a set of life priorities, etc.
  • Develop the arc: the story itself is a journey. How does it begin and end? Decide on an opening and closing line in advance.
  • Show, don’t tell; bring your listeners into the scene. (“I’ve always loved the smell of fresh bread baking. So, it’s my second night in Latvia and suddenly a familiar scent wafts through my hotel window. It’s dark, but I’m wide awake, tossing and turning on my hard mattress. I head downstairs to see if I can quiet my growling stomach...and I find myself face to face with a young woman baking challah for Shabbat…”) Use specific examples and details to show the listeners what you’re talking about, instead of asking them to take your word for it.
  • Be aware of pace: zoom in and slow down to fully bring a moment to life. Pick up the pace in order to advance your story.
  • After you’ve spoken for a few minutes, invite Q&A from your listeners.

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