If you’re not sure if your story is any good, you’re probably right. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s easy to fix.
Three reasons why your story sucks:
So if you want to power up your story…..then let’s look at how to fix it by doing one thing – giving it my Three Paragraph Structure.
Paragraph 1: Set The Scene. When did it happen? Where was it? What were you going through at the time? Just give me enough details for the story to make sense.
Paragraph 2: What Happened? Tell me what happened and why it was such a big deal you. You get one paragraph to tell me what problem you had, what it felt like, how you fixed it, and how that made you feel.
Paragraph 3: Why Should I Care? Tell me what you learned from it. Tell me the lesson or lessons it taught you and how I can apply this lesson in my own life to get something I want.
Now add a couple of details that make it more interesting, make sure it’s not more than 5 minutes, and voila, you have a much better story than you started.
So let’s repeat:
1 – Set The Scene.
2 – What Happened?
3 – Why Should I Care?
There you go. If you follow those steps, your story won’t be too long, it won’t be boring, and it will be relevant to your listener.