Story Telling should always be smooth, deeply moving, exquisitely handled, and made open-hearted. Needless to say, it should be cherished and mandated everywhere and every time. Story should always be on the agenda. Apart from story, the narration should include ideas and jokes. Well, a story can be an exclamation of horror, astonishment or apprehension. Audiences should feel gladly suspended in the narrator’s web, and the whole world should be put on pause. That is to emphasize, audiences should feel held and fed by the oratorical brilliance of the narrator. Here are a few presentation tips for effective story telling:
- The First Impression: Great first impressions are celebrated everywhere. To make the first and the best impression, you must begin with sentences that arouse the curiosity of the listeners. For example, “When I was fifteen, I devoured fear and stuck my head into the noose of destiny. I had only two options- Either I would swim or drown.” With such impactful and impressive beginnings, audiences will be in awe of your language.
- First person narration: Remember, always use ‘I’ instead of ‘He’. For instance, “I never stayed away from my mother’s protection” is more effective than “He never stayed away from his mother’s protection.” First person narration characterizes the very best of narrative fiction and non-fiction.
- Images: Images garner the attention of all listeners. Apart from the sweet veneer of your narration, there is a hygienic factor that comes handy in connecting the dots. This hygienic factor is what I call “Presentation Design.” Stay away from sophisticated graphics. Instead, rely on simple and eye-catchy images. For example, if your story has a sentence such as, “I jumped into unknown waters to make my way as an entrepreneur”, the following image will do wonders.
- Conflict vs Resolution: Narrate the conflicts that you have faced. Conflicts generally create an imbalance in one’s life. Your storytelling will hopefully end with a feeling of gratitude and emotional attachment if you explain how you have successfully resolved the conflicts. And yes, talk about the root causes of the problems and how skillfully you have solved the problems. Bulleted points and lengthy paragraphs on slides are seldom remembered by the audiences. Stories are implanted and ingrained.
- TED Talks: Master the art of storytelling from TED Talks. Experience the beauty, the ambiance created while the narrator narrates his story. Intonation, gestures and the presentations of the narrators should be observed and practiced.In addition, you may watch how Nick Vujicic strikes a nice tandem with his audiences.
You may read my article on Story Telling: A Powerful presentation tool. Cheers! And yes, I will be back with another insightful post on Types of Storytelling. Keep watching this space.