What is your favourite biggest good vs evil / good guy vs bad guy historical story?
David vs Goliath?
Germany vs The Allied Forces?
Optimus Prime vs Megatron? :)
Every great story has a hero and a villain.
A fall then a rise.
The bottom of the mountain and the peak.
A story needs 3 main elements in order to succeed and capture your audience:
Hell, Hurt and a Hero.
Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but your story should have a problem that needs solving...and it needs to hurt.
There should be a conflict that needs to be resolved – The “Hell”.
There should be pain involved that your audience can feel – The “Hurt”.
There should be a person, process or place from which you learn your lesson that heals your pain – The “Hero”.
This formula applies to every great story. There is a problem, a battle to overcome, and a reason for the victory.
Ask yourself these 3 questions to easily come up with your next great story:
Question #1: What is the problem that you faced (the hell you went through)?
Question #2: Why did it hurt and what happened while it hurt?
Question #3: What or who did you rely on to heal the hurt?
Put it altogether, and you have your next story.
Bring on the Battle!
Kwesi Millington helps speakers, presenters and youth to connect with their audiences and master their messages using the power of storytelling in their speeches & presentations. He is a Certified Public Speaking Coach & Youth Mentor.