I’ve often thought that schools should spend much more time teaching people to tell stories.
Universities should, in my opinion, have story telling as a basic requirement for all courses.
I sit in so many meetings where someone stands up and talks through a set of slides. I use the word ‘set’ to describe a random collection of information.
The slides themselves aren’t coherent, the order of slides isn’t coherent, in short there is no story.
People connect with story, stories travel and live on beyond the event itself. Tell a story and you’ll be memorable.
One of the best lecturers I ever had at university was my ‘Stress’ tutor. He regularly started lectures with a broken component. He’d then tell the story of how this component got broken. This story would always be told with glint in the eye and an air of mystery.
Our job was to solve the mystery in order to complete the story. He’d then tell us the real end of the story. I still remember one of the stories about a tow bar component that had actually led to someone’s death – that’s nearly 25 years ago.