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Find a compelling dramatic story in which your area/product/technology plays a key role and structure your presentation around that story
Corporate politics.Lack of shared values.Weak communication skills.These, and many others, are reasons why most IT projects fail.IT project success rate 1994: 15%IT project success rate 2004: 34%In 1994, 75% of projects failed to meet customer expectations, 30% never see the light of day. 50% are 200% over budget.Most projects are challenged on the basis of lack of “soft skills”, not hard skills.We tend to worry so much on our technical skills, that we tend to forget this “tiny aspect”. Our employers forget this too, so maybe this is a problem.
At first, I created a
“logical” outline Main Point: Agility + Communication + Creativity lead to success 1. Supporting detail: Agility 2. Supporting detail: Communication 3. Supporting detail: Creativity Summary: Agility + Communication + Creativity lead to success
Reverse Benefits (what, how)
Features Steel Nib Body Cap Blue ink ... (why, WIIFY) Beneﬁts Does not leak Provides physical pleasure Thoughts ﬂow on paper Can write beau<ful poetry … (lead-‐to why) Reversed Beneﬁts Leaks Inﬂicts physical torture Thoughts don’t ﬂow on paper Writes terrible poetry … E.g.: Candidate Scenario 1 A poet struggles to leave her mark on this earth. She writes terrible poetry, her thoughts don’t ﬂow on paper, all the pens she tries are physical torture for her hand. Un<l one day…
Step 5: Create a dramatic
outline Complication: Claudio fears public speaking Development: 1. Claudio moves beyond bullet points 2. Claudio unleashes stories 3. Claudio tames stories Resolution: Claudio conquers fear
Step 5. Dramatic outline II
(saga) Major Complication: Claudio fears public speaking Semi-Major Complication: Claudio kills with PowerPoint Development 1,2,3 Interlinked Complication: Spielberg challenges Claudio Semi-Major Resolution: Claudio moves Beyond Bullet Points Semi-Major Complication: Spielberg challenges Claudio Development 1,2,3 Interlinked Complication: Stories consume Claudio Semi-Major Resolution: Claudio embraces stories Semi-Major Complication: Stories consume Claudio Development 1,2,3 Semi-Major Resolution: Claudio tames stories Interlinked Complication: Claudio fears public speaking Semi-Major Complication: Claudio fears public speaking (restated) Development 1. Claudio pursues emotion Development 2. Claudio welcomes obstacles (carpe diem) Development 3. Claudio finds own voice Major Resolution: Claudio conquers fear