Each and every time I begin to structure a speech or presentation I consider which ‘story type’ to use (if it is suitable at all).
Not being particularly well-versed in these, I recently came across a couple of useful resources.
First, Nick Morgan’s description of the five “basic stories that Western culture has to make your speeches stronger, ‘stickier’ and more instantly graspable”:
- The Quest (A cut-down version of everyone’s favourite; The Monomyth/Hero’s Journey?)
- Stranger in a Strange Land
- The Love Story
- Rags to Riches
A catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fictionÂ [â€¦] devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on asÂ being present in the audience members’ minds andÂ expectations.