I’ve been taking a few storytelling classes of late, it’s an area that every good presenter should get good at doing. Storytelling is a fantastic way of illustrating your key points without jamming bullet points down your audience’s throat. (Something so many complain about, rightfully or not.) It’s also a fantastic way of creating something every speaker always wants with their audience: an emotional connection!
- All stories should have a beginning, middle and end. It’s oddly something that many storytellers forget
- Beginning sets the world/tone
- Middle has escalation/incident of some sort
- End has some sort of a resolution, which could be more of an escalation of an incident or a new world view
- Use as many details as possible, the more sensory the better
- Treat the people in your story like characters who speak. If there are no other people in your story, have dialogue with own inner thoughts
- All stories should be true