A great presentation is similar to a screenplay in several ways:

  • It has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • It has an identifiable, inherent structure.
  • The first plot point is an incident that captures the audience’s intrigue and interest. In presentations, we’ll call this a turning point.
  • The beginning and end are much shorter than the middle.

This is a form, not a formula. It’s what a screenplay would look like if you could X-ray it and examine its structure. The movie Shawshank Redemption is shown in the diagram below with the acts and plot points annotated. Learn more about creating a compelling narrative by exploring the multimedia version of Resonate.

Syd Field's Paradigm

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