L&D: Stories Are Great – But Avoid Story Burn Out

The Use of Stories in Learning Is Now Storied

So to speak. But beware of overkill.


As Connie Malamed remarks in a comment to her excellent Blog Post on stories –

Why You Need To Use Storytelling For Learning

– “First of all, storytelling is probably not the solution for every type of training. But it often is a good solution.” 


For I have seen a good/appropriate idea – ruined by overuse/overkill.

It happens.


Stories set up – and – can preview – via embedded key points – the reason/importance and key variables and facts that are to follow in the Lesson or Lessons that follow said story. And a story can also be used to summarize the Lesson or Lessons – afterwards.

But I don’t want or need a new story – bookending – every thing, every lesson, every activity – front and back. Or even just preceding every Lesson.

Not with the rise of Micro-Learning for Reinforcement – or – Micro-Learning for each and every First Learnings. Too much time could be devoted to the story at the cost of less Practice with Feedback, for example.

Just no. No. No. No.


Perhaps adapting the Texas Ranger motto of old would be appropriate:

One Riot – One Ranger.

As “one riot” is really a “multitude of incidents” – no?


Many Learnings – One Story.

Past Post

I posted about this previously – here.

Please share your views, tell your story – in the comments section below. Cheers!

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One comment on “L&D: Stories Are Great – But Avoid Story Burn Out

  1. Pingback: T&D: Stories Embellish Performance Based Training But Doesn’t Replace It | EPPIC - Pursuing Performance

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