I was reminded of how powerful a story can be when trying to send a message yesterday during a conference. We had a breakout educational session during the conference that focused on storytelling and it’s power for convincing someone of something.
We got a chance to practice this, by formulating a message with three supporting points and a story to highlight your personal experience of this.
I didn’t get a chance to use mine, but my message was to try Toastmasters. My story was going to be the time that I went to a U-M interview for a job I thought I was a shoo-in for and didn’t prepare. I froze during a question and never quite recovered from it. It sunk the whole interview and I didn’t get the job.
I joined Toastmaster shortly thereafter and improved on my speaking skills to be able to think quickly on my feet.
I improved my skills and got the same job a few years later with a stellar interview.
This just reemphasized the importance for me to always include a short story to get an important point across, in all interactions.