When it comes to being an effective fire fighter, fire science has come up with the fire triangle. The fire triangle is a simple model which says that fire requires Fuel, Heat and Oxygen to burn. These three elements form the sides of the fire triangle. Take any one of these sides away and the fire is unable to burn.
In the same way, Doug Lipman has presented what I think is a great (and useful) model for how to be an effective story teller. He calls it his Story triangle. Like with the fire triangle, take any side away from the story triangle and you will have an ineffective story. The sides of the story triangle are:
As we will explore in our From story disaster to story master workshop (September 20th Melbourne, and 21st in Sydney) becoming a better story teller hinges on prospecting (being able to find stories), patterns (understanding some of the common forms story takes) and performance. I think Doug’s story triangle is a great way to become more mindful and effective in the delivery and performance of story.
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