Seven Narratives to Structure Your Presentations

We recognise how storytelling can make presentations more compelling and memorable. But where to begin? How does one use narrative in presentations? The following is a list of some of the more common narrative structures. If you have a presentation coming up, consider how one of these might help you structure the presentation and give it a more dramatic punch.  

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Overcoming a Monster

A tale in which someone faces a formidable foe and through great courage, overcomes. 

Rags to Riches

A tale in which an individual or a group of people manage to overcome their difficult circumstances and rise to prominence through hard work.   

Voyage and Return

The protagonist leaves "home" (however you wish to define it) to venture into unfamiliar realms, learns a great deal as a result, and then returns home to share the lessons learnt. 

The Quest

A group of people set off in pursuit of a specific outcome (e.g. knowledge) and by working as a team, and drawing on each other's strengths, they grow in the process. 


A comedic tale that describes a transition from confusion to enlightenment. 


A tale of someone that made the wrong decision and suffered as a result. 


A tale that reminds us that change is always possible and even the direst situations can be salvaged. 

Source: 7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentation

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