Once in a while, I chat with individuals who narrate stories solely based on what they have read, heard, and observed. Stories are powerful to extend our messages. No doubt about that. However, if someone desires to teach, instruct, inspire, and encourage me, I need a personal touch.
Sometimes, we may think that our listeners are interested if we just craft and include captivating stories relevant to the topic we are covering in our speeches, sermons, and books. Yes, story telling ability is one of the attributes we should develop. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t forget to incorporate our own personal stories to give it a personal touch.
Providing our audience well-prepared information jam-packed with stories full of insights and wisdom is important and mandatory but we shouldn’t stop there. I think every body does; I crave to learn what these all information means, first, to him/her personally before I take them seriously. To commit myself for these barrages of data, I need to know whether the person believes in them, and most importantly whether that person applied them. Above all, I yearn to hear the stories behind applying these insights and wisdom.
That is why, the part I like the most from books, sermons, and speeches are when authors, preachers, and speakers share their stories. I don’t know about you but I do expect practical examples from real life applications. They touch my inner most part, ignite my soul, and inspire my body to apply them in my own life.
The point I am trying to communicate to you is that talks devoid of personal stories are toothless, powerless, and non-consequential. Especially, if you are a leader, you need personal stories from your own struggles, ups and downs, mistakes, and triumphs. Such stories could be able to touch the inner most being of the people you are trying to influence. They generate commitment from your people, and earn you authenticity to lead. Therefore, take initiatives, risks, and by all means do something for which you are passionate, and harvest stories. The latter are your credits to influence others, cards to enter into the hearts of your people.
Those successful people we know of have personal stories that shaped their personality, built their character, sharpened their leadership ability, and most importantly, influenced others. My friend, without personal stories to tell, you cannot bring meaningful and impactful changes in the lives of the people you are trying to lead. You have personal stories means you have practiced what you have learned; you have lived what you teach. This in turn gives you the authenticity to lead by example.