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Seven Habits Of Memorable People

Great Storytellers

Memorable people understand that stories stick. Those that can match a story with a message are more notable.

Use language to create a mental picture. Those around you will remember your words as if they were shown pictures.

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Seven Habits Of Memorable People

Seven Habits Of Memorable People

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Memorable people

People will likely forget up to 90 % of what you communicate. It means they are likely to forget your brand, your message, your call to action.

To become forgettable can kill your career. Remaining on people's minds requires you to become part of what they consider valuable.

The Power Of Surprise

The brain likes to move toward patterns. Doing something unexpected will break the norm and make you memorable.

For instance, instead of the usual email, send a hand-written thank-you note. Or dress differently to everyone else.

Appeal To Primal Values

Our brains generally react first to outside stimuli like danger, security, or pleasure. 

When you approach another person, ask yourself what you can provide them to help protect them, make them more successful or safe, even feel better about themselves because they know you and what you can give them.

Like To Help Others

People who really care about helping others succeed are memorable.

  • Those who open doors so that people can actually do the job they were hired to do are remembered even years later.
  • Sharing information with others without being asked is another way. It's the principle that if you want people to share with you, share with them.

Willing To Be Contrarian

Agreeing with everything becomes white noise.
People who are willing to voice their opinion when it is contrary, even if it is just a different way of framing a concept, are more memorable.

Doers

There is a difference between talking and doing. Those who consistently exceed expectations and always looking for ways to improve are remembered and valued.

Great Storytellers

Memorable people understand that stories stick. Those that can match a story with a message are more notable.

Use language to create a mental picture. Those around you will remember your words as if they were shown pictures.

A Broad And Colorful Vocabulary

In a world where vocabulary has narrowed down, those with a strong vocabulary stand out. Language should not be used for snobbery, but rather for creating a better understanding by using the right words.

Incorporating analogies and a dynamic turn of phrase can keep your vocabulary colorful.

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Time management matrix

At the beginning of every week, write a two-by-two matrix on a blank sheet of paper.

One side of the matrix says "urgent" and "not urgent".  The other side of the matrix says "important"...

Quadrant 1: Urgent-Important

These are the most pressing tasks we'll likely get to this week.  When we do fire-fighting, it's all relating to stuff in this quadrant.

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Persuasion through storytelling

Stories are a very integral part of being persuasive. 

Stories trump data when it comes to persuasion because stories are easier to understand and relate to.

What makes a story engaging

  • Suspense and “cliffhangers” allow you to create an addictive narrative;
  • Creating detailed imagery;
  • Using literary techniques for turning simple stories into memorable works of art.
  • Change made easier by providing an example.

Characteristics of persuasive stories

  • Delivery: matters as much as the content.
  • Imagery:  the brain “lights up” in reacting to imagery, truly transporting the reader to the events being described. 
  • Realism: poeple need a “human” element in the story that is easy for them to imagine.
  • Structure: people prefer stories that follow a logical manner.
  • Context: significant impact on the persuasiveness of a story.
  • Audience: determine who you don’t want reading your content along with who you do.