With the trend of storytelling penetrating into corporates, it has become imperative for leaders to acquire the art of storytelling. It has been proven in business circles as an excellent way to send out messages across the organization. So if you are beginning your journey as a storyteller, here are ten stories you can use to make a point –
- “Wrong number,” said a familiar voice.
Message: When the emotional bank account between two people gets depleted, there is a loss of trust – near yet too far.
- One busted ceiling, one surgery, $2,000, four days of tube feeding and five nights on my bed later: my cat is safe.
Message: Don’t judge too early. Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them.
- After my death, God asked my soul, “So, how was heaven?”
Message: If you change the way you look at things, you change the things you look at.
- Every day he would put on his blue mask and go to save the neighbourhood. Picking up deadly chemical waste made him an anonymous superhero.
Message: Everyone has unique DNA. You don’t have to hold a title to show leadership. No matter where you are, you can make a difference.
- I stared at “online” below her name every day for years, waiting for it to change to “typing….” She did the same!
Message: The distance between your dreams and reality is called action. Act now before it’s too late.
- His marks were screwed up but he made a blossoming career.
Message: Your success and failure have nothing to do with your formal education, but have everything to do with your attitude.
- He hit send, then a tree. He can’t type now.
Message: Do everything one thing at a time, and do it well. Simplification is the name of the game.
- The elevator stopped and we were stuck.
Message: Go beyond your comfort zone to find solutions. The greatest enemy is not outside but our own mind.
- Okay! You have an awesome idea? Explain it to me in one line.
Message: Brevity is the key to effective communication. Don’t commit verbicide – death by words.
- He said, “Why me?” The coach said, “Why not?”
Message: Opportunity knocks once; get up and open the door. You are the chosen one.
Here is an article on 4 short stories that you may use with your teams to spark conversations.
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