I’ve enjoyed watching the ‘story’ of Michael Margolis of Get Storied unfold (here he is on TEDx 3 Pearls of Entrepreneurial Story-Telling).  Michael has opened up for us the old skill of storytelling re-imagined to fit today’s needs – whether you are job hunting, pushing the entrepreneur envelope, or redefining yourself in some new way.

There exists essential stories that can be used as templates to meet your needs.

Are you an entrepreneur?

  • ‘Origin, customer, product’ stories can help you share your passion in a way that translates to your customer, better than a dry pitch.  Think of your origin, what did you need to overcome or have been able to see differently that you want to share with your consumer?  What can your audience relate to that is ambitious and demonstrated by this product?

The job seeker, career growth and personal seeker may try?

  • Woe to win, the tough choice, victim to victor, or no one believed I could do it stories

What we choose to say and how we narrate it, tells about us and acts on us.  What do I mean by that?  Well think of 2 job-seekers you know, one may sound alive with creativity and hope and one may be telling a bland story that doesn’t do justice to who they are and where they are headed. The cool thing is that we hold the pen!

It starts as a mindset, and can frame the way we approach an interview, meeting new people, examine innovation, define organizational management, and on.   The key is authenticity, and to include the points that made the winding road, well wind.

Are you telling the right stories for the future you want to create? Are you seeing things, and expressing them in a way that no one else sees?

Can you look at your story without judgement, and with empathy.   People need to hear a story they can identify with in terms of their weaknesses and aspirations and a story that is larger than themselves or their group.

I’ll end with a few quotes (with Transitions in mind) from the mythology master, Joseph Campbell, “we must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us,”  and “the big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”