Storytelling is one of our favorite relationship building activities!
We are always talking about telling stories. We challenge everyone we know to become better storytellers (personally AND professionally- who doesn't love a good story?). But the jump into storytelling can be difficult. Attempting to come up with a story topic can feel like a bad case of writer's block- the first reaction is often "I don't know... I've got nothing to talk about!"
Yes, you do. Today, we offer you a hack that can help get the stories flowing. Remember, not every story is a long story- some last only a few sentences. These Pocket Stories, as we call them, are a great way to start storytelling. Next time you think you've got no story to tell, refer to this list- EVERYONE has something to say about these things:
1. Your commute into work: Rich fodder for storytelling! Whether you drive or take public transportation, chances are there's something to tell. Your harrowing trip on the 7 train, the 4 hours of traffic in which you sat, the gorgeous sunrise on the way to your office- endless possibilities!
2. A favorite seasonal activity: Every season has something unique to offer, and sharing a story about your personal experience with a seasonal activity is not only a great way to tell a story, but also a useful conversation starter. Seasonal traditions say a lot about who we are, and tend to be things that we are passionate about. (Bonus points if you can get your listener to share a story, as well!)
3. Last night's dinner: Sure, it may sound mundane on the surface, but even the simplest of culinary adventures can make for a great story. Trust us, we've shared many a story related to food...
4. Your most recent vacation: We'll bet you'd take any opportunity to talk about your globe-trotting exploits! Travel stories are also really useful for presentations, as they often include a lesson learned, triumph accomplished, or obstacle overcome.
5. Your technology: Does your computer crash constantly, leaving you on a first name basis with tech support? Are you obsessed with a certain aspect of your smartphone? Do you wish you had no devices at all? We know you could come up with a story about that right here, right now! We've definitely got a few...