Picture this scene …
You’ve just arrived at the office, you put down your bag, login and head to the kitchen for coffee …
While you’re waiting, other colleagues come and go, but one stays to chat and wait for coffee too …
It’s morning, you’re foggy headed … you start a story … the first one that pops into your head (you haven’t had coffeeee!) …
“So I was on the subway home last night and this guy just started abusing a woman next to me. It was crazy. I didn’t know what to do!”
Your colleague raises her eyebrows … “So what happened?”
“Oh nothing really, he just kept yelling.”
“Sooo nothing happened?”
“No, not really. He was just yelling and yelling.”
It’s a terrible story and yet we tell them all the time without thinking.
Have you been here? Told or listened to a story with no real point or purpose but to fill a void of silence?
Or maybe you’ve told a joke and forgotten how the punch line goes, only to feel embarrassed because no one gets it or laughs (not with you anyway ;(
It’s happened to all of us as at some stage because most of us haven’t given much thought to how the stories we tell impact the way we relate to others.
Telling compelling stories has the ability to shift people. To enrich their lives, make them think, make them like or dislike you and make them act.
As our desire to be persuasive leaders increases, storytelling can be a ninja skill in your toolbox that helps you move people without them even realizing how you’re doing it.
Professional Storyteller, Sage Tyrtle says:
“The key to telling compelling stories is to begin with the end in mind. Knowing your ending line makes rambling really difficult, just like knowing how to get to Chicago makes accidentally ending up in Nova Scotia really difficult. Give it a try with one of your stories that tends to ramble. You'll find that getting to the destination is suddenly a breeze.”
On October 20th at the ViVaCious Leaders Conference, Sage will be teaching us how to “Tell Compelling Stories”.
This will be a highly interactive and engaging session, but don’t worry, Sage will give you the stories to play with, you won’t have to invent them on the fly … unless of course you REALLY want to :)
So anyway ... back to coffee and that subway story … grab a cuppa and enjoy Sage's version called ... Subway Hero …
Sage Tyrtle is a professional storyteller Toronto whose stories have been featured on CBC and NPR radio. I'm so excited she'll be joining us for the ViVaCious Leaders Conference in October I had to share the news with you :)
Have a wonderfully ViVaCious week!