How to Develop a Dynamic Story
Story telling is a very effective way to get your
point across. Here are some tips to help you
develop a dynamic powerful story.
Decide on the purpose for the story. What is the
main point you want to make? Slant the telling of
the story so that that point is clear.
Create the backdrop. Describe the scene so that
the audience can picture it in their minds. What
is the time, location, weather? What is going on
emotionally, physically, or spiritually?
Introduce the main characters. Help your
audience to picture the important characters
through detailed descriptions. Become them;
describe their relationships, quirks and
personality. Add character voices or mannerisms to
make them different from your own.
Begin the Journey. What is the task, the goal,
and the journey to take? What are the challenges
that need to be faced?
Meet the obstacle. To avoid boredom something
must happen to get in your way and make it
interesting. This could be a person, a self
limiting belief, or a challenge to overcome.
Exaggeration will add humour.
Overcome the obstacles. What had to be done to
overcome the obstacle? What inner resources did
you have to summon? Did someone help you? A hero?
Or you? Be specific. Break your solution down into
a few steps in sequence. This is where the
Resolve the story. How did everything turn out?
Tie up the loose ends-what happened to the other
people? To your hero?
Make the point. A story needs one clear point to
have more points confuses the issue. Write out and
memorize the point, work on the words to make it
simple and easy to remember. Find the phrase that
Ask the question. Make your story personal to
the audience. Has that ever happened to you?
Turn the main point into a question. Push their
Practice, practice, practice. Tell your stories
to anyone who is willing to listen. Get feedback,
make adjustments, and tell it again. These steps
will ignite the WOW in your audience.
Remember the best story you will ever tell is your