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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations
Communication guidelines
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated.



is a story structure that is found in many folk tales, myths and religious writings from around the world.

In a monomyth, the hero is called to leave their home and sets out on a difficult journey. They move from somewhere they know into a threatening unknown place.
The monomyth (also called the hero’s journey)
Good for:

Taking the audience on a journey
Showing the benefit of taking risks
Demonstrating how you learned some newfound wisdom




The mountain structure is a way of mapping the tension and drama in a story. It’s similar to the monomyth because it helps us to plot when certain events occur in a story.
The mountain
Good for:

Showing how you overcame a series of challenges
Slowly building tension
Delivering a satisfying conclusion

is a storytelling technique where you layer three or more narratives within each other.

You place your most important story – the core of your message – in the centre, and use the stories around it to elaborate or explain that central principle. The first story you begin is the last story you finish, the second story you start is second to last, etc.
Nested loops

Explaining the process of how you were inspired/ came to a conclusion
Using analogies to explain a central concept
Showing how a piece of wisdom was passed along to you

good for:

Sparklines
best speeches succeed because they contrast our ordinary world with an ideal, improved world. They compare what is with what could be.
Good for:

Inspiring the audience to action
Creating hope and excitement
Creating a following

In medias res
storytelling is when you begin your narrative in the heat of the action, before starting over at the beginning to explain how you got there.
Good for:

Grabbing attention from the start
Keep an audience craving resolution
Focusing attention on a pivotal moment in your story

is a speech structure that shows the audience how different strands of thinking came together to form one product or idea.
Converging ideas
Good for:

Showing how great minds came together
Demonstrating how a development occurred at a certain point in history
Showing how symbiotic relationships have formed

story is when you begin to tell a seemingly predictable story, before unexpectedly disrupting it and beginning it over again. You lure your audience into a false sense of security, and then shock them by turning the tables.
A ‘false start’
Good for:

Disrupting audience expectations
Showing the benefits of a flexible approach
Keeping the audience engaged

is a way of organising multiple speakers or stories around one central concept. It’s useful if you have several unconnected stories you want to tell or things you want to reveal – that all relate back to a single message.
The petal structure
Good for:

Demonstrating how strands of a story or process are interconnected
Showing how several scenarios relate back to one idea
Letting multiple speakers talk around a central theme

Tell me
your
story!
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