After reading books like: A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink and Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds; I realized how useful are stories for professionals and also for presenters. That’s why, I’ve been using Storytelling techniques over the last years in my work presentations, my conferences for user groups and even when I’m teaching something.
So, how did I start? Well, my first step was buying some books. I may have to admit that I followed blindly Daniel Pink’s recommendations buying: Stealing Fire From Gods by James Bonnet. It is a great book with a great title that capture your attention, isn’t it?
The target public are writers and filmmakers, so all the examples are about popular movies. That’s really great! Because you may have already seen those movies or even better, you can buy them and also have a good time watching them. You won’t see the movies in the same way after reading this book.
In summary, I learned a lot about stories, for example: why stories are so important, how stories are structured and how to create stories. All of them are important topics that every storyteller should know.
My favorite chapters are:
- Chapter 3: The New Story Model, the storywheel is an awesome way to analyze stories!
- Chapter 4: The Art of Storymaking; a very useful set of techniques and tips for creating stories.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in stories!
So give the world something it desperately needs. Give it great stories - James Bonnet