We begin a new series on story telling
A story in a presentation can transform it from good to great. You can be subtle and evocative with stories. And your ideas have a better chance of making an impact and sticking with your audience. But telling a relevant story and telling it well is challenging. We have a plan to help. We are starting an interactive series on storytelling. We will start each post with an image or a group of evocative photos. We’ll tell you what stories we see in the photos and how we might use that story in a presentation. Then we’ll ask for you to do the same. In our stories we will illustrate an idea, principle, history or an abstract concept. Because Lucia is the photographer and Susan is the presentation developer, we will come at these images from different points of view. We hope that you will join us by telling us the stories our images evoke for you to make this new series truly interactive.
What Lucia sees – “For me, the story in this photo is one of contemplation and feeling comfortable with oneself. This young man looks content and serene as he sits and looks around. He seems connected with his surroundings. This is a rare sight. Usually sitting involves texting or ear-buds, with a need to keep busy. This photo reminds me to slow down and pay attention and to remember how gratifying it is to look and listen to the world around me.”
What Susan sees – “I would use this photo to make a point about anger, disappointment, or resignation. The young man’s frown, down-turned mouth and his slumped, inward posture lead me to believe that he has been crying. He looks, but he isn’t seeing. If it weren’t for his shock of red hair, he would disappear into the hard, grey walls behind him. A lost child.”
Wow! There you have it. Two completely different stories evoked by same photo. Now it’s your turn! Help us prove that photos can tell a thousand stories. What story do you see in the photo? How would you use this photo in a presentation? Let everyone know in the comments below.
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