Storytelling activates our brains and is an essential skill for presentations, writing and conversations — including job interviews. 99U points out the five steps or "beats" to make you a better, more interesting storyteller.
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The five beats are:
- The introduction: Set up the scene. In the 99U example, a job candidate looking to move into a new field could say even though his degree is in business, he's always had a great love of illustration.
- The inciting incident: A pivotal challenge you faced in your career.
- Raising the stakes: Specific details that make the inciting incident more memorable. For example: "This can be as simple as the difference between, 'I went to Art College in Melbourne' versus "I went to university in Melbourne, but I opted for Art School instead of a job at GM."
- The main event: The major change (even just a shift in attitude) where you solved the dilemma.
- The resolution: Describe what you learned or recap your "sales pitch".
Hit up the article on 99U for more details. It's a great lesson in storytelling, whether you're prepping for job interviews or just want to improve your conversation skills.