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4 Storytelling Tips That Will Make You A Better Leader

Purpose of storytelling

In the workplace, storytelling serves as an essential, powerful tool for effective communication.

It gets people excited around an idea, or a value, or perhaps some drier information that might not have been as interesting before.

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4 Storytelling Tips That Will Make You A Better Leader

4 Storytelling Tips That Will Make You A Better Leader

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carriekerpen/2018/09/25/4-storytelling-tips-that-will-make-you-a-better-leader/

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Make your story personal

Great stories reveal a piece of yourself.

Ask yourself:

  • What makes you care about the work that you do?
  • What part of you outside of your work is present inside of that world?
  • If in financial services, for example, what is it behind the numbers and data that are at the emotional core of your work?

Show passion when you're telling a story

The story needs to have stakes without being necessarily significant.

Ask yourself: What gets you excited about what you’re talking about? Why do you care?

Demonstrate change

The experience shared should show how it changed you in some way.

Ask yourself: What change do you want to see in your audience?

Focus on one big idea

Your theme or big idea is your editing tool.

Every single detail in your story should relate back to your big idea.

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Cut all the contact

Keep your distance and don’t text, email, meet in person or call.

Cutting the ties for good when it’s over puts you on a faster path to healing.

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Let Your Emotions Out

Cry, sob your eyes out, scream and yell. As long as it doesn’t hurt yourself or anybody else, find ways to release and let go of the pain you may be feeling. 

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