I met with a friend recently and we were sharing a coffee and catching up. One of the topics included the news and social media. We noticed, there has been a lot of information around sharing stories and the best way to communicate your message.
What was interesting about our discussion was not whether video or a blog or public speaking was the best vehicle for spreading the word but rather what we share!
If we look at our social media connections, I’m sure you’ll agree, there are heartfelt messages from many talented and committed individuals about making a difference in all that we do. Changing attitudes and inviting folks into communities that concentrate on our collective voice, creating a platform for making positive contributions to our society.
“Owning your story” is a common theme. I recently read that people don’t connect just with information, they connect with you and the details in your story. Keeping it real is what will encourage and motivate change.
Storytelling, is becoming art in itself and what we share is just as important as how we share it. So we continued the conversation by asking the questions: What is the secret ingredient? What is the “thing” that makes us want to listen to one story over another? Is it the delivery, the medium, the presentation style or the story?
We had our own ah ha moment when we realized that it is our “heart” and loving yourself enough to share a glimpse or a glimmer of your authentic self. That is the power in owning and sharing your story.
I’m sure you are able to think of at least one person that you’ve seen or heard who’s message made you pause and think, just think… I’ll bet the reason that you “listened” was because they were speaking from the heart and that key ingredient gave them the power to share their story.
So now, when I hear someone say that you need to “own your story,” I agree, but, perhaps what we should suggest is that you “tell it from your heart.” That will ensure that your message resonates with the people you are most likely to attract and assist with encouraging the positive change we seek.
It has given me a new perspective on my own reasons for sharing stories.
As the author of the book: Breaking Barriers 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share Their Stories, I wrote these stories built on a foundation of mentorship, to inspire and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.
So… now, I will not only “own my story” but put myself out there with a new conviction and passion to share them “from the heart.”
I look forward to meeting with you and your community!