The fine art of oral storytelling is becoming less and less common in the modern era. Certainly everyone tells stories over the dinner table or to their friends, but full-fledged oral traditions are rare. As a result, many people don't have a good sense of manners when dealing with a storyteller. Here are some key points to keep in mind, to make sure that everyone else also enjoys the tale, and to keep the storyteller from coming after you later.

Of course, there are situations in which these rules don't apply. Use your best judgment, and a hefty dose of common sense. The best rule of thumb, however, is simply to ask: "If I were telling this story, how would I appreciate someone doing this?" The storytellers will appreciate your courtesy.