Tell me your storyAugust 29, 2009 | 4:00 pm
I find it interesting to follow blogs which are personal, especially if they reflect personal trials and learnings. A story tells much more than a bulleted resume. We have overconfidence in conveying a message by presenting facts and would rather present ourselves as “ready” and perfectly fitting for a job, than someone who is in the making, who makes mistakes and learns.
Stories give context for the facts and bring in emotions. You become alive to the listener. Stories are what people remember. It might be what distinguishes you from the rest. Yes, telling facts are important, but also tell what you are passionate about, tell how things came to be as they are. And make authenticity a guiding star in your talk. We all have stories about our life that is a mix of many years of experience, thought and emotion and they are important. You take a risk when you are personal and transparent, but do it anyway.
Ever since we lived in caves we have communicated through stories and the digital age has not removed this need. On the contrary the need for an emotional context has increased, because today information is so abundant and easy accessible.
So, tell me your story.