The idea that a great story is the backbone to a perfect presentation is all the rage these days. Say goodbye to bullet points, flow charts, and numbers, and hello to captivating narratives!

But wait—what, exactly, makes those stories so effective? It’s not just the tale itself that most people find most intriguing. It’s your ability as the “storyteller” to clarify the bigger picture, play to the audience’s emotions, and make things a little fun in the process that makes memorable and effective talks, well, just that.

Click through the slides below to learn the six elements that any narrative presentation needs to engage your audience, ignite your ideas, and leave “death by PowerPoint” behind forever.

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