The power of storytelling is well-documented in the world of communications. Stories have been crafted and shared for millennia, and, though storytelling methods have evolved, stories continue to have a powerful role in the way information is distributed, learned and retained. Storytelling’s staying power boils down to two pretty simple reasons:
- Stories are how we humans make sense of the world.
- Stories are how the world can make sense of your work, be it a specific policy concern or simply better understanding a complex issue.
Sharing your information through stories – whether in a presentation at a meeting, via your website or any other communication – will make it more likely that your audience will remember your message, and take the action you want them to take.
Resource Media has led storytelling trainings across the country and we are excited to share our story development process with you through this two-page storytelling worksheet. We’ve broken down stories into each of their components.
Have fun brainstorming ideas for stories – talk to your staff who work in the communities. Who inspires them? Who has a transformative experience that relates to the solutions your organization is pushing? Who have you helped or witnessed overcoming big or small challenges?
We welcome you to reach out to us at Resource Media with your questions or to share your light bulb moments, or to go deeper into storytelling training.