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The Ultimate Guide to Storytelling

Story objectives

If your objective is to:

  • Incite action: describe how a successful action was completed in the past and its steps.
  • Tell people about yourself, feature genuine, humanizing struggles, failures, and wins.
  • Convey values, tap into familiar emotions and situations so that the story feels relatable.
  • Foster collaboration, tell a story that moves readers to discuss and share your story with others.
  • Educate, feature a trial-and-error experience, so that readers can learn about a problem and how a solution was discovered and applied. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Storytelling

The Ultimate Guide to Storytelling

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/storytelling#

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Key Ideas

Storytelling is...

...the process of using fact and narrative to communicate something to your audience. Some stories are factual, and some are embellished or improvised in order to better explain the core message.

Why we tell stories

  • Stories solidify abstract concepts and simplify complex messages;
  • Stories bring people together: stories connect us through the way we feel and respond to them;
  • Stories inspire and motivate, by tapping into people’s emotions and baring both the good and bad.

Good stories are …

  • Entertaining. Good stories keep the reader engaged and interested in what’s coming next.
  • Educational. Good stories spark curiosity and add to the reader’s knowledge bank.
  • Universal. Good stories are relatable to all readers and tap into emotions and experiences that most people undergo.
  • Organized. Good stories follow a succinct organization that helps convey the core message and helps readers absorb it.
  • Memorable. Whether through inspiration, scandal, or humor, good stories stick in the reader’s mind.

Components of a good story

  • Characters. Every story features at least one character, and this character will be the key to relating your audience back to the story.
  • Conflict. The conflict is the lesson of how the character overcomes a challenge.
  • Resolution. Your story’s resolution should wrap up the story, provide context around the characters and conflict(s), and leave your audience with a call-to-action.

Steps of the storytelling process

  1. Know your audience;
  2. Know your audience;
  3. Decide what kind of story you’re telling;
  4. Establish your call-to-action;
  5. Choose your story medium;
  6. Craft your story;
  7. Share your story.

Story objectives

If your objective is to:

  • Incite action: describe how a successful action was completed in the past and its steps.
  • Tell people about yourself, feature genuine, humanizing struggles, failures, and wins.
  • Convey values, tap into familiar emotions and situations so that the story feels relatable.
  • Foster collaboration, tell a story that moves readers to discuss and share your story with others.
  • Educate, feature a trial-and-error experience, so that readers can learn about a problem and how a solution was discovered and applied. 

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Purpose of Storytelling

  • Clarifies The Vision and Mission of an Organization. Reinforces the intent of the leadership. 
  • Helps to Address strong challenges of organizational culture. It ...

Exercise for Corporate Leaders

Consider utilizing the exercise below to help develop a positive story:

  • Identify a successful event within the organization, or, an accomplishment by its personnel.
  • Detail the actions leading up to and following the event in chronological order.
  • Develop a 5 minute and 2 minute version of the story for use when speaking with your internal leadership team and personnel.

Three-Act storytelling structure

Three-Act storytelling structure

One of the oldest and most straightforward storytelling formulas:

  • Setup: Set the scene and introduce the character(s)
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Five-Act storytelling structure

Also known as Freytag’s Pyramid:

  • Exposition: Introduce important background information
  • Rising action: Tell a series of events to build up to the climax
  • Climax: Turn the story around (usually the most exciting part of the story)
  • Falling action: Continue the action from the climax
  • Dénouement: Ending the story with a resolution.

Before – After – Bridge storytelling formula

  • Before: Describe the world with Problem A.
  • After: Imagine what it’d be like having Problem A solved.
  • Bridge: Here’s how to get there.

Set the stage of a problem that your target audience is likely to experience ( a problem that your company solves). Describe a world where that problem didn’t exist. Explain how to get there or present the solution (i.e. your product or service).

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