Humans like stories.
Can you tell me the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Of course you can. And how many years has it been since you last heard the story?
That’s the power of stories. Stories make information easy to remember. Stories are also more interesting than a bunch of facts, so you'll be able to hold onto your audience's attention for longer.
What is a story? Consider Little Red Riding Hood, or any fairytale. There is a beginning, middle, and end.
Stories are useful for job interviews too. Perhaps you've heard of the STAR interview technique:
- Explain the Situation and Task
- Explain the Action you took
- Explain the Result
STAR is a story algorithm. It's another way of saying “beginning, middle, end”.
Feel free to play around with the story format.
Your story might have more than three stages. Maybe you encountered more problems along the way, which you can turn into plot twists!
Your story arc might span the entire talk, or your talk might be composed of many shorter stories.