Yes and no. I'm a great reader and always read/told stories to my children and their friends. But put me in front of a group of strangers and I go brain-dead :)
I love to hear storytellers and have several of their tapes.
I can tell a story. My father is a great storyteller, and I learned that from him. The problem is that not a lot of people want to listen -- they have their own stories to tell.
No! I definitely am clearer and less prone to nervousness, stammering or otherwise mis-speaking myself on paper. I don't even like to read my poems to an audience, as I tend to mess up my own written rhythms and intended cadence.
I can spin a pretty good story. Once, after telling one, a woman said to me: "How come things like that never happen to me?" I shrugged, but what I should have said was: "I embellish wildly on what really happened. Sometimes, I make up things that didn't happen." So, yes, I stretch the truth.
I can't remember the last time I spoke to a crowd, but I think I can read a story fairly well. I should ask my little nephew how his Uncle Jeff reads to him.
NO. I'm not.
I'm good at telling stories. I think the key to being good at telling stories orally is being able to end the story. People are inclined to start well and then trail off, when really you need a bang-up finish for a good oral anecdote.
I have not had an interest in telling stories. I do try to write them.
I can tell a good joke, if the joke is good.
Apples and oranges, just as a book is verses film. Both have their merits and both have their weaknesses. Personally, I am better at speeches to an audience than telling stories. I also enjoy interactive real time such as a panel of peers. Am I better orally than in my writings? Humm, I suppose that the answer is: it is all relative.
Oh most definitly those stories just never seem to find an end.
Yes and those stories told orally generally rip through the room and carom off the rails in fits tragic/comedic, pale visitors and completely ignorant of the intent of origin.
I used to be when I was a kid. Haven't done this since then; that is, telling stories orally.
I can tell stories orally but I prefer to write them. Sometimes, though, I like to see the expressions on the faces of an audience. It's fulfilling.