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Storytelling is essential-whether you're trying to get a promotion, a new job, or simply make a lasting connection. It is a proven fact that everyone loves a story. Personal anecdotes bring people together and strengthen ties with your listeners.
Keep these six secrets of good storytelling in mind.
Example: Suppose you’re in a job interview and the recruiter says, “Tell me about a problem you solved.” You get excited and go on about every facet of the problem you solved. Five minutes later you’re still speaking—but now you’ve lost your audience (and job).
Example: "And so, what I learned, and what I'd like to see you do, is to lead no matter what your position in the company."
Build your story chronologically: with a past, present, and future:
Past: "I've always loved people, and that's why I'm passionate about this job in HR. I was outgoing and extrovertish even when young."
Present: "In my last two HR positions, I have developed programs that make employees feel safe and engaged. One program I am particularly proud of is our Mental Health offering."
Future: "This job is my dream job, and as an HR professional I know I would be a great fit for this role."
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