Three Things to Remember When Telling a Story

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you ever been told by anyone that you don’t know how to tell a story? Or that you suck at it? That it felt like your story would never end? Well, fret not. There’s a simple formula you can follow to make sure that you at least tell a story in a coherent manner.

All you have to do is to be aware of these three parts:

1. Beginning – This is where you introduce the main character.

2. Middle – This is where the main character encounters an obstacle, a conflict or tension.

3. End – This is where the tension gets resolved.

That’s the basic framework. Just follow that and you can build up any story you’d like to share with your audience. For more information, check out this post: How to Tell a Story

Awesome Storytelling Tips from Kevin Spacey

c99aa2404369463ef5baa1b65da50d7b_400x400Any form of content marketing like public speaking or presentations is all about making a good story you can sell to people. According to Kevin Spacey (yep, the famous Hollywood actor), there are 3 basic elements that can make your stories great. Here they are:

1. Conflict – The purpose of this is to create tension that will keep people engaged and wanting more.

2. Authenticity – There should be truth in your story. It should be authentic and resonates well with the brand you are selling. 

3. The audience –  Spacey believes that the audiences now are different from before. They want control. They want variety. And therefore, we should give them what they want but without sacrificing your authenticity.

As a final note, Spacey also said that when you know what story you want to tell, everything else will follow.

To know more insights about this, please head to: Kevin Spacey’s Top 3 Tips For Better Storytelling. Yes, That Kevin Spacey

Presentation Lessons from Billy Wilder

film-award-clapperboard-d-image-41896180Academy Award winner producer, director and screenwriter Billy Wilder can teach us a thing or two about presentation. Below are some things we can apply to make our stories stick to our audience:

  1. The audience is fickle. What works for your audience today may not work for them tomorrow. So know your audience well. It may be your story your telling but be sure that your audience can resonate with it.
  2. Grab ’em by the throat and never let ’em go. Don’t dilly dally when you start. Begin with a bang! Get them immediately hooked.
  3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character. Make sure that the arc of change in your story is clear and meaningful.
  4. Know where you’re going. Just like what Stephen Covey wrote in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end in mind.” You must know where your story is headed.

Learn the other tips you can get from Billy Wilder which you can apply in your presentations by going to this link: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder


How to Master Great Storytelling

enjoying-forbidden-knowledge-20799903There are three important lessons to learn in order to master great storytelling. Here they are:

1. No story from your life is as interesting to others as it is to you. So if you want to tell a story from your life, then you have to be concise about it. Pick the details you want and make sure you just focus on the turning points.

2.  A great story must have conflict; a personal story must show you in an honest – and probably less than flattering – light. Show humanity when telling your story, it’s more enchanting that way.

3. A great story involves a turning point. A story that has a character subjected to pressure and changing as a result of that pressure is very interesting.

To have more insight on this matter, please visit this link: Carmen Agra Deedy Reveals the Secret to Great Storytelling

Five Elements that Make for Great Stories When Presenting

When we present, we actually tell stories. Or at least, we have to if we want to make our speeches or presentations interesting enough for our audience.

But how do we tell the story? For the most part, it should be personal enough that our audience will be able to relate to us. And there’s the perfect tone and pitch like I’ve mentioned before as well as the proper non-verbal cues. Aside from these things, our story needs to have all the right elements to make sure that we are not just telling another story, but a good one at the very least.

What are these elements I’m talking about? There are five elements that will make your stories great:

1. Characters

The characters in your story must be those that your audience can relate to. Be visual in their description so your audience can better see who these characters are.

2. Conflict

Any great story has to have some form of conflict in it. It’s what will hook your audience and make them interested to find out more.

3. Cure

Of course, if there’s a conflict, there should also be a resolution for it or what we call the cure. This should add value to your audience’s corresponding conflicts they may be facing in their current lives.

4. Change

Once the cure is presented and applied, then there has to be positive changes in the characters’ lives.

5. Carry-out message

This is the action plan that you impart to your audience so they not only learn smething valuable but they also take something significant that they can apply to their respective circumstances.

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Elements of Great Stories