Every circle has that one loved one who can tell a good story! For you, who is that person in your life? Keep that person in mind as we navigate through today’s blog.
Now, answer these questions to yourself about that person:
What makes that person a great storyteller?
Are you invested in the story they tell from start to finish?
Do you get excited each time they come to you with another juicy story?
Now, what’s stopping you from telling your own story to others? Besides the obvious, like being nervous about speaking or not wanting to share personal information about yourself, what else is holding you back?
The truth is this: no matter what position you’re currently in, your story deserves to be told. It’s one of the BEST forms of communication nowadays and is seen everywhere:
On social media.
On TV and at the movies.
Through business websites.
Storytelling is the new norm, even when you don’t see it in the real world. Any life process can involve telling a story, and the sooner you can understand the concepts, the quicker you can use the tactic to grow personally and professionally.
Your Intro, AKA Intro To Your Character
So, we’re at the beginning of your story, and honestly, it’s the most nerve-wracking part! It’s always awkward to tell people about who you are, where you were raised, what you’re doing with your life now - the whole nine yards.
What would you say, though, if I said that you NEVER have to touch on those parts of your life? Seriously, you don’t.
The intro to your life is NOT the full-blown origin of the beginning of your existence. Instead, it often talks about what space you’re in currently, followed by bits and pieces of your origin story as needed. Consider this your elevator pitch to your life.
Your Central Themes, AKA Problems
Now, we’re entering rugged territories! Why? Because it’s time to dive into the problems you are currently enduring.
Now, you may be wondering why you have to talk about your problems in the first place. Well, it’s because as you grow in your personal and professional life, you’ll have to tell your struggles and where you came from to validate your experiences.
Plus, stories with conflicts are always the more interesting to focus your attention on for that moment. Those problems you faced will serve as the points that keep your audience on their toes and keeps them wanting more.
The Climax, AKA The Breaking Point
We all have a breaking point. Essentially, it’s a moment where all the traumas and build-up tensions are FINALLY released as they were never dealt with appropriately. It’s the big blow-up!
This part is where your audience becomes genuinely invested in your story. You get all the gasps, oohs, and aahs, and maybe even some tears. Having that emotional factor is essential here.
Also, this part shows your bravery. It shows that you’re:
Never willing to settle for less.
Stronger than you’ve thought initially.
Wiser beyond your years.
Falling Action, AKA Realizing The Solution
This part of your story is where action comes into play! After going through your breaking point, you are now on a mission to change yourself for the better. The only question now is how are you going to do that?
The journey of telling your triumphant moment can be the more exciting part of the process! You can explain how challenging your journey was, what you’ve learned from the new path, and even introduce some new skills to help prove your point.
The most crucial step to realize here, though, is that work needs to be done to show your abilities. Otherwise, your audience will detach from the story, and your points won’t flow through appropriately.
Conclusion, AKA Where Do We Go From Here?
Ah, the conclusion. The wrap-up of the story can have two types of endings: good or bad. In the case of your life, though, those choices are good or improving.
A good outcome means that you have entirely overcome the issues previously mentioned. You have taken time with your journey, and now, you’re ready to move on to bigger and better things. This part makes the audience feel even better about your story.
An improving outcome, however, means you are still working on resolving said issues. However, that doesn’t mean you aren’t ready for a new challenge that will help you grow. It essentially leaves your audience with a feel-good cliffhanger as the story is “to be continued.”
For your story, it doesn’t matter which conclusion is applied. The only component that matters is that your points are wrapped up, and you provide your audience with an outcome. Then BOOM, you’ve told your story!
I want you to realize the potential you can have in your life from sharing your story. Doing so will open doors that were previously locked for you. Also, doing so will solidify relationships that can take you to the next level. Are you ready to tell your side today?