Robert Dickman and Richard Maxwell weigh in on storytelling as a business persuasion tool in their book, The Elements of Persuasion: Use Storytelling to Pitch Better, Sell Faster & Win More Business
They discuss storytelling as a persuasion method in this four minute video
They assert that a high-impact story contains the following elements:
1) Passion conveys authenticity, and makes the story memorable
3) Antagonist presents a challenge to the Protagonist, and this conflict engages interest and caring about the characters and outcome
4) Awareness, in which the protagonists, antagonists, and observers learn something, the kernel of the story’s dramatic impact
Annette Simmons is another expert whose book, Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact, has garnered attention.
Jonah Sachs’ 2012, Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell (and Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future, weaves together examples from various disciplines including marketing, advertising, classic mythology, as well as psychology and biology.
He characterized it as “a call to arms”, but its more practical contribution is highlighting the transformative power of social media in contemporary story-telling aimed at influencing and persuading.
-*What elements have you seen in stories that have most persuaded and motivated you?