In his book The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker states that everything ever written boils down to seven basic plots.
Using these story frames, you can share your life experiences to inspire your team and bring your presentations to life.
1. Overcoming the Monster
This is the typical heartwarming story of courage and bravery where the hero overcomes evil against all the odds.
2. Rags to Riches
The rags-to-riches structure tells a tale where our hero goes triumphantly from difficult circumstances to great success and wealth.
3. Voyage and Return
In this story our hero journeys to new lands, defeats darkness and returns home all the wiser.
4. The Quest
The moral of this story is teamwork. A group sets off on a journey with a goal in mind and through working together they overcome all obstacles.
Even a comedy story can be used to showcase your skills and inspire others. Particularly the classic comedy tale of a transition from state of confusion into one of enlightenment.
This is the classic cautionary tale, in which we see the downfall of a villain who chooses the wrong path.
Change is always possible, as shows this story of a villain who finds redemption and is reborn as a better person.
So next time you have to give a presentation at work, why not tell one of these stories? It might just make you stand out from the pack. If you need more information on how to get started, you should read the infograph below: