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This is a true story, just the highlights (or lowlights depending on your interpretation). I had a wild and unexpected encounter a couple of days ago with my past … (WATCH the VIDEO)
We all have history, colorful, quirky sometimes history we wish had never happened and that we could forget. Be grateful for all of it! You have learned priceless (often expensive and painful) lessons in every experience you’ve had.
Your willingness to share those stories, and those lessons are what will make you memorable, valuable, real, and even hirable. Now, I’m not suggesting that you simply beat us all over the head with your stories, again and again and again. There is an art to storytelling, nuances you must master, and even a few rules to know so you can break them (best kind of rules to have, don’t you think?)
I had a former friend who did that once, she recounted the same story 5X in one night. At the end of the night, I could repeat her stories better than my own, and hers didn’t seem to have any point!
Next time you tell a story, make sure it has the 3 R’s of Storytelling:
It needs to relate to the conversation you are having and not come out of left field randomly.
It needs to be a real story, not some fictionalized or embellished version of reality.
#3 Right Timing
You need to be far enough past the story that telling it doesn’t turn into some sort of quest for therapy to get past it.
BONUS! #4 Rich Detail
The richer in detail your story is, the more memorable it will be.
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PS. In case you didn’t get THE POINT in The Spy Who Loved Me . . . oh the tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive, ultimately his web untangled and I had enough distance to see the deceit. Keep your perspective always in romance and business!