Storytelling structures from some greats

When I teach presentation classes, the story telling structures I teach are Barbara Minto’s “Pyramid Principle” and the classic story structure as I learned in a storytelling class with Kevin Allison of The Story Studio. Great for structuring business documents for busy executives and for telling awesome personal stories! Between the 2 structures, most people will be all set.

But of course, there are other story structures that I derive inspiration from with the clients I work with and think that you, too, could gain some inspiration from as well:

Pixar’s rules for storytelling
Nancy Duarte’s TED talk on the structure of great speeches
Kurt Vonnegut’s view on story structure

Do you have any other story structure inspiration sources?


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2 Responses to Storytelling structures from some greats

  1. Susan K Becker March 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Agree about all sources cited and especially glad to hear someone mention Minto, which a student at Stern gave me twenty years ago and is too seldom mentioned.

  2. Martha March 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    I will forever be a member of the Minto school. So hard not to mention her. Very clean and effective communications!

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