As a follow-up to my last post about how speakers can learn from the world of improv comedy when honing more interesting business story characters, here’s my question this week: To what extent should you use structure to ignite better stories every time you speak?
If your gut answer is ‘not much’ or ‘not at all’, could this be down to concerns that bothering with structure might get in the way of your creativity – bringing a halt to your gallop or maybe encouraging ‘cookie cutter’, ‘paint by number’ or ‘me too’ story telling?
If these or similar concerns occur to you – at one level, you’d be right.
A fill in the blanks or formulaic approach to storytelling simply won’t set audiences on fire. Rather, it’ll lead to forgettable audience experiences.
BUT…there’s the other side of the coin (the side I’d recommend).