4 Key Elements to Good Storytelling | 3 Reasons to Tell

ByBill Belew

4 Key Elements to Good Storytelling | 3 Reasons to Tell

Good Storytelling

Good Storytelling

Professional cruise ship speakers know that there is more to it than just giving out information.

This is this and that is that, ad nauseum results in YyyyaaawwnnnNNN!

Of course, we do want to give the audience what they came for. But there is nothing wrong with weaving that information into a good story.

What makes a good story?

4 Key Elements to Good Storytelling:

1. Establish things as the way they should be – all is right in the world – there is balance.

2. Throw things out of whack – obstacles, antagonists, enemies – boo!!

3. Bring the struggle to life – identify with the characters – wrestle, fall, get up, knocked down again, keep going.

Related: How the speaker can improve storytelling skills

4. Restore balance – happy endings … or not  – back down to earth and the way things are.

The reasons we tell stories is because the stories can influence, even persuade and for sure motivate our listeners.

Listeners too often do not remember the facts, but they will quite often remember the story.

“I don’t remember all the facts, but the point s/he made was very clear,” is often heard in the buffet, at the gym, poolside after a good presentation.

A good cruise ship lecturer will get his/her facts right and will impart them such that the listeners will be better off for having been in the audience.

A great cruise ship lecturer will encapsulate that information in an overarching story that keeps the listeners engaged while they also learn making the who experience entertaining and informative.

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Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

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