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Business Communication in English: Storytelling - Its Structure, Application and Key Vocabulary

Business Communication in English: Storytelling – Its Structure, Application and Key Vocabulary

Hello, everyone! 🌟 Welcome to our Conversation Club, where we dive into the art of storytelling in the business world. Today, we’re going to unravel the magic behind effective storytelling in professional settings. Whether you’re pitching an idea, presenting a project, or just sharing experiences with colleagues, storytelling can be your secret weapon. So, let’s chat, learn, and most importantly, have fun while mastering this skill. Are you ready to become a storytelling wizard? Let’s get started!

Let’s first discover key vocabulary and techniques for compelling storytelling in the business world. Here are some essentials:

1. Vocabulary:

  • Narrative Arc: The structure of a story, including the beginning, middle, and end. In business, this helps in laying out a problem, exploring solutions, and concluding with results.
  • Engagement: Capturing and maintaining the audience’s interest. This involves using language and topics that resonate with your audience.
  • Anecdote: A short and interesting story about a real incident or person. Anecdotes are great for making your message more relatable.
  • Call to Action (CTA): A statement designed to get an immediate response from the person hearing or reading it. In business storytelling, this directs your audience towards a desired action or outcome.
  • Elevator Pitch: A succinct and persuasive sales pitch. It’s about delivering the essence of a concept or product in a short amount of time.

2. Techniques:

  • Hook: Start with something intriguing. Whether it’s a startling statistic, a provocative question, or a bold statement, your opening should grab attention.
  • Show, Don’t Tell: Use descriptive language to create vivid images in the minds of your audience. Instead of stating facts, paint a picture.
  • Personal Connection: Share personal experiences or relate to the audience’s experiences. This builds trust and makes your story more credible.
  • Variation in Tone and Pace: Modulating your voice and adjusting your speaking speed can keep the audience engaged.
  • Use of Pauses: Strategic pauses can emphasize points and allow your message to sink in.
  • Repetition for Emphasis: Repeating key points can reinforce your message and make it more memorable.
  • Ending with Impact: Conclude your story in a way that leaves a lasting impression, whether it’s a call to action, a thought-provoking question, or a powerful statement.

Conversation 1: Warm Up

  1. What are some common storytelling techniques you’ve noticed in business presentations?
  2. Can you think of a time when a story in a business context really captured your attention? What made it memorable?
  3. How do stories differ in formal business meetings compared to casual work-related conversations?


  • Touch base (v): To make contact with someone. 🤝
  • Think outside the box (v): To think creatively, beyond the usual ways of thinking. 💡
  • Get the ball rolling (v): To start something, especially a process or activity. 🏀

Conversation 2: Personally…

  • How do you personally use storytelling in your professional communication?
  • What challenges do you face when trying to incorporate stories into your business conversations?
  • Do you think storytelling is more effective in written communication or in spoken presentations? Why?


  • Pitch in (v): To contribute or help. 🙌
  • Set the scene (v): To describe a situation where something will happen. 🎭
  • Bring to the table (v): To provide something that will be a benefit. 🍽️

Conversation 3: Dig Deep

  1. How can storytelling influence decision-making in business?
  2. What are the key elements that make a business story compelling?
  3. How can one adapt their storytelling technique to different audiences or cultural backgrounds?


  • Hit the nail on the head (v): To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem. 🔨
  • Go the extra mile (v): To do more than what is expected. 🏃‍♂️
  • Think on your feet (v): To think and react quickly, especially in a situation where things are happening very fast. 🤔💨
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