Great storytellers have enormous self-knowledge. They understand their own humanity and appreciate the humanity of others in all their good-versus-evil struggles. They have self-insight and self-respect balanced by skepticism.
— adapted from Robert Mc Kee
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Photo credit: Elijah Hiett on Unsplash

The Lesson Learned.

How did this experience transform you?

Great storytellers don't have greater lives than you do, what they have is keen insight. Picking through memories, they can pick apart an experience to rebuild it into something with meaning and momentum. They understand the motivation behind their deeds. They have distance from their experience, and in hindsight can now understand when and why they landed in turmoil. Great storytellers are great sources of life wisdom. They understand their own humanity and therefore can better understand others' behavior, fears and struggles.

Ask yourself again and again: How did this experience change me? What did I learned? What is the wisdom I'd like to share with my listeners? Don't be satisfied with the first answer. As you continue to reflect and explore deeper, you may find an even more meaningful insight than your first observations.

Every story should have a point.

Storytelling in a business setting

When using storytelling as an effective tool in communication, people will give you their time and attention if they know they will get something valuable out of it. So, number one rule in telling stories, especially in your professional life: every story needs a point. It would be like telling a joke without the punchline. Why are you telling “this” story?

The lesson learned example:

“The Prince and I” by Jillian Lauren

I stayed in Brunei for a while after that, until I really figured out that numbness is its own kind of misery, and that freedom from caring what happens to you is not freedom. And when I figured that out, I walked away from the prince, and I never went back.

A grabbing story does just that - it pulls you into the storyteller's life: what they struggle with, what they are successful at and what they wonder about.

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Photo credit: Greg Rakozy on Unsplash.