Here is a great exercise from Annette Ferrara of IDEO, which she calls the “Bar Exam,” to help you find and refine your point when telling a story:

“If you’re having trouble figuring out your point, take a Bar Exam. Grab some colleagues, go to a bar, and tell them your story. Unlike conference rooms, bars are friendly, relaxed places. When you tell stories in bars, they’re engaging, concise, and jargon free. And the only visuals you might use are simple drawings on cocktail napkins. If you can’t keep your colleagues’ attention in a bar, it’s because you don’t know the point of your story. Keep taking Bar Exams until you can. (And remember to drink lots of water!)”

Source: How to Tell Stories that Influence People and Inspire Action

Posted by:Elsa

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