I’m often asked, "When it comes to deciding what story to tell, where do I start?”
Great stories are those that touch people, that touch people with a personal experience shared in a memorable workplace message.
When you are thinking about the next strategic presentation, board meeting, report, etc. where a story will help advance your agenda (when won't it?), think about experience moments. These are times in your life where you gained new insights and where you changed because of these new insights. These insights should be profound such that they still affect your thinking and actions today.
Then take these experience moments and turn them into workplace stories with a specific message, a specific idea, a specific action you want your audiences to take.
Experience Moment Suggestions:
- Experiences that changed you a) Related to a person or b) "Aha" moments/epiphanies
- Firsts: First win, first loss (playing sports, hobby, tournament), and first promotion
- Friends & Family: Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Mother, Father (always great sources of stories, sayings, messages)
- Media: Movies, books, poems from childhood to adulthood