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Presentation Quick Tip #5 - How to Structure Your Presentation Like a Good Story

  One of the great revelations in public speaking or presenting has been to include a story in your speech or presentation. Of course, storytelling in presentations or public speaking is not something new, but it is something that causes people a lot of stress.

So in this Presentation Quick Tip #5, I want to show you a very simple way to think about storytelling in your presentations.

Check out the video for what to do and read more below the video. You'll also find the video transcript there, too.

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Remember when as a child, you heard stories about monsters and heroes, and princesses and princes? If you remember those, then you most certainly remember that all of them started with an introduction, some conflict and then some sort of resolution.

The great thing is that that is the exact structure you can use for your presentations.

How to apply storytelling structure to presentations

When structuring your presentation content, remember the following…

First…

Every story has a main character, a hero. In a presentation, the main character or hero is the main topic or points you want to make.

Second…

Every story has an enemy, an antagonist. In a presentation, this will be the challenges, problems and consequences of the main topic or points.

And third…

Every story has a beginning, middle and ending. In a presentation, the beginning is your introduction or background of your topic.

The middle contains the challenges and problems, and the consequences of those challenges and problems.

The ending is the hero overcoming the enemy. In a presentation, you can now present your ideas or the solution to resolve the challenges and problems you described previously.

Does this work for every presentation?

The quick answer would be yes, but every presentation is different. However, when you're stuck thinking about how to structure your content, you can always fall back on what you've learned here.

Remember to think in terms of a beginning that introduces, a middle that describes conflict and an ending that resolves the conflict and saves the world so you can kiss the girl. Ok, I made that last part up, but since we're talking about storytelling…

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.

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Carl

 

Transcript

Hi, it's Carl Kwan here. And this is Presentation Quick Tip #5.

In this video, I'm going to talk about how to structure your presentation like a good story.

Every story has a main character, which is going to be your main points or topics that you want to cover.

Every story also has an enemy, which is going to be the problems or challenges faced by those main points and topics that you want to cover.

Every story also has a beginning, middle and end.

So the beginning is going to be the background, the introduction to everything else.

Then, the middle is going to be the problems and the things that are going to be challenging your main points.

Then finally, you want to have an ending, which is going to be presenting your solution, presenting your possible way to overcome the problems and challenges faced by your audience or whatever your topic is.

So once again, how to structure your presentation like a good story…

Make sure you have a good main character, an enemy and also the beginning, middle and ending structure, as well.

So that is Presentation Quick Tip #5.

If you have any questions or comments about this one, please leave them below this video.

Thank you for watching and talk to you again soon.

Bye-bye.

Presentation Quick Tip #3 - Start A Presentation With Misdirection

You never get a second chance to make a first impression... Not always true for every situation, but a great start to your presentation can capture your audience's attention and keep them interested throughout. Screw up the beginning and the audience may have a hard time staying alert and following along. So you need to get their attention and here's how.

I guess this could be a little misdirection, like something a magician does. I'll have to ask my friend Charles Greene III, the Presentation Magician.

Anyway, the trick is to start your presentation by telling the audience you will NOT begin with the topic they expect. Instead, you tell them you will begin with something else.

But here's the misdirection…

The other thing you tell them is actually just a better way to tell them about the topic they originally expected. Ideally, you will tell a story that is directly related to your original topic.

To get the full run down, please watch the video or read the video transcript below.

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Video Transcript

Hi, it's Carl Kwan here and this is Presentation Quick Tip #3.

In this video, you're gonna learn a great way to start a presentation and get the audience's attention.

So what you're gonna say is, "I was going to tell you about A, but instead, I'm going to tell you about B."

Now B must be related to A and it should also be a kind of a story about A.

So for example, "I was going to tell you about the human genome, but instead, I'm going to tell you a story about a boy who lived down the street from me who was really sick.

So the rest of the story is gonna be how the boy was sick and how the human genome was able to help him.

The human genome project, that is, of course.

So how that was able to help him is gonna be a much more interesting story than just talking about the human genome.

So again, what you'd say is, "I was going to tell you about A, but instead, I'm going to tell you about B."

And that is Presentation Quick Tip #3.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below this video.

Thanks again.

Talk to you again soon. Bye-bye.