Furthermore, stories are “sticky,” remaining in our minds and easy to share socially. And the best stories create links with our lives; pictures, emotions and voices in our heads. We feel the storyteller is speaking to us in particular.
- Creating and delivering a good opening “hook” that grabs people’s fleeting attention right away
- Providing just enough context to set up the key messages you want people to walk away with
- Showing vs. telling, using “sticky” word imagery, details, and intonation to draw people into the story
- Sharing how you took a risk and what you learned
- Creating anticipation or suspense early in the story
- Providing a few (just a few) tips that people can use right away
- Using humor, body language, and audience engagement wisely and sensitively
For some examples of storytelling in action, check out this series of posts called “Storytelling Night.”
Stories With Data
Something to keep in mind: In many settings where you’re trying to influence others to make decisions or evaluate your work, telling effective stories while using data is especially important. Results matter, and it’s important to be able to speak to them both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Here’s three sites that will help you get stronger at this particular dimension of storytelling:
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What do I mean by “mindful?”
Mindfulness is my core organizing and unifying practice for every moment and dimension of life–including self-care, family, friends, community, and professional work. It also fuels and informs my advocacy for anti-racism, feminism, and climate stewardship.
In a nutshell, mindfulness is the continuous observation of moment by moment internal and external experiences, without judgement, focused on the body, feelings, mind states, and the impermanent, selfless nature of all created phenomena.
The ultimate goal of mindfulness is awakening to one’s true nature of pure awareness and happiness, and being liberated from the dissatisfaction found in craving, aversion, and delusion. Some of the most common mindfulness practices include breathing meditation, mindful eating, mindful walking, reciting mantras, and doing a “body scan,” but there are many more.
I’ll admit that mindfulness is tough to do without ongoing practice. Most of us are facing similar pain points that were already significant before the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing awareness of the United States’ history and present reality of systemic racism: nonstop change, accelerating economic and technological disruption, accelerating climate change, and the collective “noise” of information overload that grows louder each day.
The impact of all of this, for so many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress.
Mindfulness can be your game-changer and world-changer. There’s more research (such as this Forbes article) on the benefits of mindfulness than you or I can ever hope to read, but here’s the highlights of why mindfulness is worth doing:
- Reduced stress
- Increased focus and concentration
- Increased productivity
- Healthier relationships
- Increased happiness and inner peace
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