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What's My Motivation?

From Episode 9 of the weekly Storyteller Tactics episodes

Each week we release a new story and two Storyteller Tactics cards from the deck, launching on Kickstarter later this year.

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What is the What's My Motivation tactic?

If you want to know what people are likely to do next, it really helps if you understand their motivation.

We're brilliant at reading eyes, faces and emotions for clues as to what people might do next. Your chances of achieving anything almost always depend on whether other people help or hinder you. It's why actors need to know "what's my motivation?" when they take on a character in a story. And you need to know too.

How to use the What's My Motivation tactic

1. Make a list of the key "actors" in your project. This could include the client a typical user and you as the designer.

2. Now apply the questions Konstantin Stanislavski pioneered for Method Acting to each character separately.

Who am I?

Where am I?

When is it?

What do I want?

Why do I want it?

How will I get it?

What must I overcome to get it?

3. As a final stage, draw connections between your key actors with two headings for each connection:

  1. Co-operation: why might one actor help another reach their goal?
  2. Conflict: why might one actor hinder another?


Don't forget, there are three basic types of conflict in any story - see the Three Great Conflicts tactic or try the Moral Conflicts card [coming soon] to explore them further. 

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