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How To Craft A Killer Speech

When building your next presentation, try crafting your story around "The Hero’s Journey" framework.

Almost all movies use this as a base for their storyline because it has all the built-in mechanisms for creating a true connection to virtually any audience.


What Is the Hero’s Journey?

The hero’s journey is a common narrative archetype, or story template, that

involves a hero who goes on an adventure, learns a lesson, wins a victory with that newfound knowledge, and then returns home transformed. The hero’s journey can be boiled down to three essential stages:



The departure. The hero leaves the familiar world behind.


The initiation. The hero navigates the unfamiliar world


The return. The hero returns to the familiar world.







The classical version of the hero's journey was known as an “epic,” often written in poetic form, like Homer’s Odyssey. Today, the hero’s journey is applied in different types of works, from fantasy to historical fiction. Joseph’s Campbell’s influential work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949), analyzes the concept of the hero’s journey, and its various stages.


Elaborated Phases

➡ The Ordinary World

➡ The Call to Adventure

➡ The Refusal of the Call

➡ Meeting a Mentor

➡ Crossing the Threshold

➡ Tests, Allies, and Enemies


➡ Approach the Innermost Cave

➡ The Supreme Ordeal

➡ Reward

➡ The Road Back

➡ The Resurrection

➡ The Return


Your Story

Without following a structure to your storyline, your presentation will lose all of its direction. So next time you're thinking about crafting your next keynote or public talk, try following the framework of The Hero’s Journey.