There are many structures that story-tellers can use. But some structures are more useful than others for the purpose of networking. Here is one that works.
Before considering the structure, it is worth remembering the following:
1 The point of the story is to show the listener that the teller has the ability to help clients solve their problems. It isn’t to educate the listener, so it doesn’t have to be complete: it isn’t an academic exercise.
2 All detail that is extraneous to this objective should be eliminated—however interesting and however much the teller thinks it should be included.
3 Because the point of telling the story is to show the listener that the teller has the ability to help clients solve their problems, the emphasis should be on the skills, abilities and attributes the teller brought to the situation, not what the teller did—however interesting etc.
4 When thinking through the content of the story, imagine that the listener interrupts you saying “but what did you really bring to the situation?”, “why did the client have to employ you, rather than anybody else?”.