4 Pitfalls of Storytelling and How to Avoid Them
How a good story is presented to the audience matters.
Brands who don't take professional help in communicating stories end up with a confusing, badly edited and incoherent narrative that is a put-off.
Detailed stories with vivid examples can intrigue the audience, leading to successful communication.
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This communication approach spurs its constituency through imagination towards a common goal.
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Bring the hiring pitch home with personal stories that show how people authentically live out your company’s mission. Pixar’s films often start from a real, personal story.
Your company’s big-picture mission might be inspiring, but it’s not necessarily personal. You can make it more personal by peppering your pitches with personal anecdotes about ways that you’ve changed.
After you’ve hooked your audience/candidate, you need to catch their attention and get the story moving by animating it with change and transformation. In Pixar’s movies, that change isn’t just about reversals of fortune—they’re about personal transformation.
Great stories promise to change the life of the protagonist who we imagine ourselves to be, if not our own. In light of that, recruiters should focus on how candidates’ lives will change—not just their day-to-day tasks, but also how the new role will change the way they feel.