CHAPTER 11Origin/Background Stories
The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
—Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
On a core level, stories work because they are non-hierarchical. In other words, they provide an inoffensive way to push forward your agenda. I see many types of business narratives being used on a daily basis. The following types of stories are the most prevalent. Can you think of examples that fit each of these?
Note that I usually urge my clients to really polish one good personal signature story that they can use in a multitude of situations. This is your go-to story, the one that embodies one or more of the following typologies. ...