Often when we talk about storytelling in learning, it’s related to e-learning. However, storytelling can be used in live presentations too. It’s much more interesting than a bunch of bullet points.
I recently gave a short presentation for a client in the early stages of selecting their first LMS. They currently do very little e-learning, although they hope to expand their offerings in the future for both internal and external learners. They manage their classroom training and webinars with spreadsheets and email, and they maintain a PDF course catalog that has to be sent to everyone every time they make a change. Their current processes aren’t very efficient, and they won’t scale well enough to meet their vision for the future.
The organization has experienced some resistance to implementing a new LMS, so one of my goals was to shift their attitudes. That’s one reason I used a storytelling approach for my presentation. The audience included a number of instructional designers, so the hero of the story is an ID—hopefully one the audience could identify with. Anna, the hero of the story, has problems similar to those faced by the IDs in this organization.
I adapted these slides to work as a standalone resource without a speaker; the original version had less text on the slides.
One quick note: I know it’s popular to bash LMSs, and I would never argue that LMSs can fix every learning problem. For example, you can’t manage informal learning, with or without an LMS. An LMS will, however, help this particular organization meet their immediate goals, and it will hopefully free up enough resources from administrative tasks to do more expansive work.
Have you ever given or attended a presentation that used this kind of storytelling approach? How effective was it? Share your experiences in the comments.