Monday, 23 May 2016


In the previous blog “STORY TELLING – AN ENGAGING WAY FOR PRESENTATION –PART 1” we have discussed the benefits of presenting the ideas by storytelling techniques and techniques of achieving the same. The 4 techniques of storytelling are:
  • Journey of a Hero  - Journey of an ordinary person to the unknown. While treading the path he discovers his powers and emerges as a hero
  • The Obstacle  -  The journey building up to the Final Finale – The Climax
  • Plunge  - Start of the journey with a plunge to the climax and then just before the finish start the flashback
  • Silver lining – The path that can change the hope to become a reality
Here in this blog we will carry on and discuss 4 more techniques of storytelling

Nest is a story telling techniques where your main or most important story is layered by two or three minor stories.
All the stories are minor stories have to be interrelated. Your second story should start as a continuation of first story. All your stories build unto the most important story, the core of your message which lies at the center.
  • Explains the process of how you came to the conclusion
  • It uses the path of logic to explain the concept.
  • It also expresses that coming to the wisdom is a journey.

Converge structure
Converging way is a speech structure where you show various way of thinking converge to one wisdom or understanding. It is similar to the Nest approach, only difference here every story is important and they can be different not related, though converging to the same morale or understanding.
  • Showing how great things that can start on a different note end at a same point.
  • Demonstrates how two or more extremely unrelated activities can converge to make a great story
  • Demonstrates team work, how different idea need to converge to make a message acceptable
Diverging structure
This is exactly the opposite of converging structure. Here you organise various stories which relates to the same understanding. This one helps when we have unrelated stories with the same understanding. In this case the only difference is that you start with a story come to the central understanding, start the next story to again come to the same central understanding.
  • Demonstrates how everything in life is interconnected.
  • Demonstrates a central understanding
  • Demonstrates how every stories should be given same importance

In this way you start a story in the most predicable way, the way we do in our day-to-day life, before setting it up for a failure. Then start your main story from the reason of failure showing the ways how it should be done. This format is very good if you want to put forward a new way of doing things, a way which changes the ordinary perspective.
  • It hacks the audience attention by robbing them of the sense of security
  • Shows the benefit of walking against the tide
  • Encourages “thinking out of the box”
With the above classic story telling styles, add colour to your presentation and catch the audience attention. These are a few of the most commonly used styles.

These are not the exhaustive set of storytelling; you can try your own style or find another. Please do share with us if you come across any other techniques.

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