Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Art of Storytelling

Is learning the art of storytelling in your personal career and/or business plan? The ability to tell your story in a professional positive light is an important part of your career development. Why is storytelling so important? In her book, "Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career," storytelling guru Katherine Hansen, PhD says that your story makes you unique and gives the interviewer something to like about you. When you tell your story concisely and effectively giving an interviewer, customer, or client a "picture" of what you can do for them they will remember you.

When I first heard employment specialists recommend that clients "tell their story," I was appalled at some of the "stories" I heard. Most of us are not in the habit of telling our story effectively. By learning to write and tell our stories we can be honest, listen to ourselves, change negative thinking, and feel more confident about our skills and abilities. I have been journaling my story everyday in a blog called, "Walk About U!" The practice of writing and walking has helped me to write more creatively, feel more energized, and use analogies to paint a picture. Telling a good story takes practice. Taking a "Walk About U!" with LifeWork Coach, Nancy Miller, is a fun way to develop and express your story.

Developing a simple "LifeWork Success Plan" is an excellent way to organize your thoughts and ideas and bring out the stories you want to tell about your business or career. You can sign up for the LifeWork Success Plan Coaching Program to propel your career or business.

This website is intended for informational purposes only. For professional personal/ career coaching, call or email Nancy for assistance with consulting, resources, and information to meet your personal needs. See links on the side panel for professional organizations. Copyright LWD © 2005 Nancy Miller

No comments: