Ever felt like you’re second-guessing what to say?
You know, the times when you think:
- I don’t want to overshare on social media, I want to remain professional
- I should have answered that question differently in the meeting
- Maybe they didn’t want to hear about my family over lunch, I should keep my mouth quiet
- I could never do that, people would gossip!
- My boss doesn’t want to know that, I overshare too much
- How could they post that on social media! Don’t they have any boundaries?
Extreme, perhaps. The funny thing is, these are examples I used to either think myself or other people have told me in conversations. And it’s all from unspoken societal and cultural expectations.
It’s easy to let external expectations and pressures sweep you away from your true self. Before you know it, you’re living life on autopilot, barely aware of the choices you’re making and the reasons behind them.
The worst mistake we can make in life is thinking that other people don’t care what we have to say.
What Do I Have That’s Meaningful To Share?
Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. We all have the ability to inspire. Think about times in your life when:
- You faced great adversity (A David Vs. Goliath Situation)
- A universal theme (Family drama, a life lesson, challenging work situation)
- A figure or mentor in your life that impacted you
How To Craft A Great Story
Think about a recent (good) story you were told by someone else. Ask yourself these questions:
- What was it about?
- Was the experience great?
- What were the main events.
- Describe details you remember.
- How did they tell the story – we’re they animated? Did their voice change?
The Risks of Ignoring Your True Story
Depending on what messages you heard growing up, it can feel downright wrong to break out of the conventional way of doing things. Being honest about what you really want can feel offensive, selfish, or just unimportant. Living with regret is something you will never be able to overcome, even worse is the loss of opportunities or unfulfilled dreams.
5 Ways To Develop Your Professional Storytelling Style
In the video below, you’ll get a 5-part structure that will help you create a framework that allows you to live more true to yourself, motivate others at work and maintain your professional integrity.
Don’t just think your answers in your head, write them down. Seeing and reading your words gives you extra motivation to make change. If you don’t have a pen and paper handy, type them out in the comments below.
Don’t forget to share this with someone who needs to hear it today!