It's the key to success. Knowing what your story is and being able to tell it to others in a compelling and effective way leads to better audience appreciation , greater visibility , and increased sales. Our STORY process will provide you with the information and tools you need to find your voice, tell your unique story, and discover your success.
S : Stimulus — Knowing who you are, what you do, and what drives you to do it are the core elements for telling your story most effectively. T : Tactics — The way you talk about yourself is equally as important as what you say. Assess the tactics you should use — and how to use them — for sharing your story with your audience.
Real life includes moments between the things that happen to us. Stories should too.
This release can be a description of the scene, and quick filling in of semi-relevant details, or a joke if the story is meant to be a bit funny. Moth felt hooked somewhere around his stomach and the tug of love set in. Of course, heroes do not rescue their princesses in the same day, and Moth spent many splendid moonlit nights falling deeper in love with Flame. Good for the blood pressure, you know. Focus on what's important. When telling a story, it is important to include details, to create that sense of immersion.
However, you don't want the story to take on a "rambling" feel.
This is why it's very important to focus on what's important. Cut the details that aren't important for the story, leave the ones that make the story. If they start to seem bored, speed it up and pare down to the necessities. Keep the flow logical.
This is where knowing your story and practicing become important. You know that person that tells a story and they get partway in and then they're like, "Oh, I forgot to mention Yeah, don't be that guy. Don't stop to back up. This breaks the listener's experience of the story.
Tell the story in a way that is logical and flows smoothly. If you do forget a detail, weave it back in without breaking the experience of the story. For example: "Now, the Pied Piper wasn't just after the town's money for no reason. You see, they'd gone back on a deal they'd made with him. Make it feel conclusive. It's awkward when an audience isn't sure if you're done or not so make the conclusion of your story feel conclusive.
There are a number of ways to do this, some examples of which are: Ask a question and give an answer. I know I'm sure not going to try that again.
Try generally building in volume and speed until the climax of the story, at which point you should slow back down and lower your voice to show you are done. Create character. Make the different people in the story feel different. If you "act" them differently, then you can skip the annoying "blank said" parts of the story. You can also make the story feel more immersive.
Play with accents, speech patterns, and voices for different people in the story. You can add great comedic value by being silly or stereotyping with the voices.
Or part of a deck. Maybe I will just watch a television series where they build a deck. Make your storytelling "big" or "small".
Match the way your voice sounds to how you want the story to feel at that point. Change your pitch, tone, and volume to make stories seem calm or exciting, depending on where you are in the story. Accelerate your speed and slightly increase volume as you build toward the conclusion. Slow down when you say the conclusion. You should also experiment with dramatic pauses.
A moment of silence and a look can add a lot to someone's experience of a story.
Control your face. If you want to really become a great storyteller, you have to master your ability to create and change facial expressions to match what you're saying. Your face should be able to basically act out the entire story. If you really want to learn from the master, watch a lot of Youtube videos of John Stewart or Martin Freeman.
Remember, facial expressions come in more than 3 flavors. You can convey really complex emotions by using very specific facial expressions.
Talk with your hands. Talking with your hands can make you go from seeming like a really stiff, boring story teller to someone who commands the room with a story. Hands convey emotions. Hands keep our audience focused. Hands create a feeling of action.
If you don't use your body in any other way, at least start talking with your hands when you tell a story. Of course, you do not want to go over the top. Do not hit anyone in the face or knock over your drink. Or knock your drink into your face. Act out the story. If you can, move your whole body to act out the story. You don't have to reenact every motion, but use your body at key points in the story to direct the listener's attention to that point. You can also use this to great comedic effect, of course. Half of them were created from the templates that come with Microsoft Word, the other half are bland and conformist.
Each resume outlines the responsibilities of prior positions, but this is no help because knowing what you did or were supposed to do is different from knowing how you did it. It does not tell him whether she actually did it, or how well she did it. The problem is that most resumes do not represent the living, breathing person who wrote them.
Instead of expressing skills and individuality and outlining the great things the person has done, they are simply a bland recitation of standard phrases and pat descriptions. This does nothing to help Harry decide who will fit into his company. You need to bring yourself alive on the page and make him curious to meet you. Since the beginning of time, humans have enjoyed stories. Stories help us make sense of the world — we listen as the story begins, follow it through to the middle, and then feel satisfaction when we reach the resolution.
A good story is both compelling and memorable. The stories you tell on your resume must show Harry that you have solved problems in the past — and that the problems you have solved are similar to the ones he is facing now. So you have to show Harry that you can solve his problems or maximize his opportunities but what are they? If you currently work in the same industry and are simply changing companies, you probably know, because you work in a similar environment every day.
If you are looking to make a career change, you will need to be more creative and do some research. Make contact with people who currently work in that industry, speak to recruiters, read trade magazines and interviews with industry luminaries.
Review job postings for the positions you are interested in and make notes of what seem to be the major concerns. Read financial reports. Patterns will emerge.