The finest asset you will have as a leader will be your ability to tell YOUR story, intentionally, and impactfully.
The first time you unveil your story on stage, you will be grateful to yourself for the time and attention you placed into crafting the elements of your story. You will feel the support and love of every person you invited to assist you in finding just the right elements, speed, tonality, and vulnerability.
By the time you are finished, you will have the flexibility to tell at least one of your stories in 5-minutes, 20 minutes, and woven through an entire event or training.
Your assignments will start at the beginning. It will begin with telling and retelling a 5-minute version of your story. The intention is to find just the right points that your story will hinge on.
- Tell Your Story
- Record yourself telling your story
- Listen and make notes
- Where are the emotional points? Are they appropriate?
- Where would you like to elicit a deep emotional response?
- For lower resonance emotions – are in it long enough? Do you bring them back out?
- For higher resonance emotions – do they build?
- Would you like to add an anchor?
- For what purpose will you use the anchor?
- How will you install it? (remember tonal anchors require 3 repetitions and state anchors require up to 5 to 15 seconds)
- Is this an embedded metaphor?
- Where is the point of greatest expectancy?
- What will be your final sentence?
- How will you transition?
- What will be your physiology so you can match it when you close the metaphor later
- Practice and Refine
- Tell each leg of your story, refining it as you go
- Record it each time
- Tell the story to both your group and to people outside the program and calibrate your impact
Due Date: Monday, June 10th
When giving feedback on this assignment to your group members, focus on the following things:
- Is the context punchy and elicit curiosity?
- Does the telling of ‘And then one day…’ (B) elicit an empathetic response?
- Does the stuckness of B > C spiral down emotionally?
- Is there a pattern interrupt at C? If the downward spiral is done well, a pattern interrupt will be required along with space around the decision to let the audience know that this is a huge change in the storyline
- Do the momentum and state build during the telling of the journey from C > D? This is a great applause moment when they reach D
- Is the tieback confident and caring, does it allow the audience to dip back into their own ‘stuff’ a bit while lighting the hope for a better future?
Seek feedback from your group and ask questions of the mentors throughout. We will give feedback on a video of your story once you have refined it. It’s ok to leave enough time for us to do this twice (provided it is before the deadline).
Engage in the process to have enough experience to formulate all of your questions. Post questions in the #assignments Slack channel.
This assignment is designed to ensure:
- Build the skill of story design
- Work together in groups to foster norming & forming
Pro Tip: Always keep your audience in mind. You are designing an emotional journey for them.
Bonus Pro Tip: Keep it simple.