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Use Peter Guber’s 3-step storytelling formula for engaging your audience when giving presentations, workshops, masterclasses, product demos, and speeches. You can also use it for writing app descriptions, long-form content, and book summaries.
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In addition to the three steps that are part of the Play, take a preparation step as your base step. This way, you have four steps altogether.
If you have a target persona, visit it to refresh who you’re targeting.
If you don’t have it, talk to your customer-facing teams such as the support and sales teams. Ask them who they regularly talk to, what those people struggle with, and what questions they frequently have.
If you’re presenting or coaching for your service business, write down who you typically work with.
And, if you have a website, find out your audience’s demographics. All this should give you a fair idea of who you’re going to create your story for.
The hook is your opening line. It could be anything from asking your audience a question or sharing a challenge that they’re facing.
For example, 'do you struggle writing daily?'
Now elaborate on the challenge. This helps you set the stage for the solution you’re going to offer.
At this point though, make sure you tug at your audience’s emotions.
For instance, describe how they feel when dealing with their challenge. Or describe the situation they’re in. This is the best way to engage them – getting them ready to say ‘yes’ to the solution you present next.
For example, Steve Jobs – using Peter Guber’s storytelling formula – asks multiple questions throughout his iPhone launch presentation back in 2007.
Some of these questions are:
Struggling to capture relevant emotions? Jump on a call with some of your customers to understand their struggles and underlying emotions better.
If you don’t have customers yet, talk to someone who closely aligns with your target audience. Ask them how challenge X makes them feel.
For example, here’s an example of someone trying to get into the habit of daily journaling. Some challenges and feelings they could be facing include forgetting to open their journal, lack of words to describe their feelings, and irritation when they don’t get the time to review previous entries.
Finally, present your solution or offer. Elaborate on it in a few lines and close it with an actionable message – tell listeners/readers about the next step.
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Peter Guber’s storytelling formula is fairly simple to use. But it’s highly effective only when you have a strong grip on who your audience is.
So start with coming to grips with your target persona’s struggles. And, to understand their emotions better – either talk to some of them or put yourself in their shoes and imagine what it feels like.
Then, fill in these three steps: