You have your next Talk coming up and you’re considering using story within your Talk. Where do these stories come from? Stories are everywhere. They’re all around us. If you think about it, your life is actually a story, chapter after chapter after chapter, so you kind of can’t help but find stories within your life.
Think back to your childhood and reflect on a moment that makes you laugh every time you tell it. Or think back to your schoolwork that you’d done and something that was maybe terrifying to you or something that you learned that really surprised you. Those stories can be used to pull out lessons in the Talks that you want to give. They can help bring those lessons to life. And stories don’t have to be complicated. They can be very simple. Think about what happened at the coffee shop last week or think about what happened last month when you went to visit your parents. Stories are all around us, and you can use these stories again and again and again.
I strongly encourage you to keep a story journal. What I mean by that is keep a notebook that is nothing but your story notebook. I have one that I keep in my purse. It goes with me everywhere I go because I never know when that one story is going to come to my mind. So I might think about, oh, I might be, for example, at a friend’s house, and think, “Oh, that’s the story I wanna tell.” And I quickly jot that down. Or I might be driving. And sometimes I have actually pulled over onto the side of the road to jot down a story that I just remembered that I know that I want to use in the future. And then when you have your next talk coming up, you can just go through the stories that you have in your inventory and decide which story might bring a point to life even better than just stating facts and figures.
So please, please starting today, keep a story journal and you will see that all of these stories can really help bring your talks to the next level.