What makes a Swell story?

We understand that telling a personal story can be intimidating, especially if you don’t consider yourself to be an expert storyteller. But here’s good news – Swell was designed to work for anyone. If you simply tell your story as if you’re talking to a friend, you’ll do just fine.

Here are few more tips that should help you to make your Swell story sing.

About audio storytelling

Audio storytelling simply means that someone is speaking their story while we’re recording it. We do this in person, through our website and through one-on-one sessions right over the phone. You, as the storyteller, don’t need any special equipment or extraordinary capabilities. You simply tell us your story as if you’re sharing with a close friend.

Once your story is recorded and submitted, we finalize it by removing unwanted background noise and optimizing it for web streaming. All of your words remain intact, and the story remains yours, just as you told it.

There are no format requirements for Swell Stories, but there are a few simple things you can do to ensure that your audio story is clear, informative and packed with punch. Here are a few tips that should help set you up for success during your storytelling session.

The basics

  • Make sure you’re in a quiet place. It doesn’t have to be silent, but the quieter the better.

  • Relax and tell your story as if you’re telling a good friend for the first time.

  • Speak naturally, no need to rush.

  • tart at the beginning and take us through to the end.

A technique we sometimes suggest is to answer 4 questions with your story:

What was wrong? What was it like? What did you do about it? What is like now?

Give all the details

  • What was the issue and how did it feel to live with it?

  • How long had this been going on?

  • What medications, treatments or remedies did you try along the way?

  • How did you ultimately resolve, control or cure your ailment?

Bring it home...

  • How long did it take to see results?

  • Is your ailment now under control?

  • Do you consider yourself fully cured?

  • How long has it been since you had a recurrence?

  • Add anything else about this experience that you think would be helpful to others.