There’s an aspect of storytelling I want to focus on to help you really hone in on a specific area of your story you shouldn't overlook…. your Transformation.
In telling your story, I suggest you follow this simple formula: Start with your Before (which is some sort of historical context that sets the stage for your story), then you work your way to and through the Transformation, which explains a big shift/ a change/ an 360 in perspective, and then you end with the Other Side, which is where you figure out the lessons you learned in the process and the message you want to share with others.
Most people are pretty good at the Before and After part…. but it’s the Transformation piece they leave out.
The reason why your transformation is so important is because other people are desperately seeking it.
I was listening to...
So far this week, we’ve talked about how to humanize your brand, how to bridge the gap between you and your audience, how to use your story to establish you as the expert, and how to engage in conversation with your audience.
The FINAL tip I have for you to be Consistent. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT tip and goes at the very tippy top of the list, because consistency wins the game every time — yet so many people — suck at it! I say this with love.
They’ll show up with their message here and there, but there’s no real long-term strategy and intention behind being consistent.
Here’s why being consistent is so important to helping you build Community: Over time, showing up builds trust. Your audience will see you as someone who is reliable and consistent. When you engage with them, they feel your presence. People just want to...
So far, we’ve talked about how your story helps you humanize your brand; bridges the gap between you and your audience; and establishes you as the expert in your field ... and how each step helps draw people into your world and helps them connect with you & your brand on a deeper level.
When you build community, it's important you see your audience as someone you really want to get to know! So let’s dive into how your story can open up conversation between you and your audience…. and how to keep those conversations going long after the sale.
Sharing pieces of your story — your personal story, your journey, elements of your business, client testimonials, and fun behind the scenes moments you choose to share — these all work in tandem to draw your audience closer to you. And as we’ve already discussed this week — it makes them much more...
Today, I want you to consider how to use your story to establish you as the expert in your field. Let’s face it — we all follow people (and buy from them) when we consider them as someone who actually knows their stuff, right?
If you want to learn how to make fancy scrapbooks, are you going to follow your neighbor’s advice, when she only started making scrapbooks yesterday? — or are you going to follow someone who’s been making scrapbooks for years and has tons of ideas and resources to share?
You have to find ways to share your story from this standpoint… how can you share stories and allow your audience to see you as an expert at what you do?
There are many ways I suggest you do this, but to get you started, try sharing stories of different experiences you’ve had becoming BETTER at your craft, and giving tips and resources away...
I talk a lot about how your story can help you create community in general — but what does that really mean? How does it really work?
Yesterday, we talked about how important it is to humanize your brand, so others can get a sense of the heartbeat behind your business.
Today, I want to talk about how using your story can help bridge the gap between you the expert, and your audience.
When you share your story effectively, it allows others to see themselves in you; know they are not alone.
So how do you do this? Start by looking for commonalities and life lessons that nearly all of us face, and then ask yourself how can you share a story from this perspective and connect it back to your business.
Here’s an example for you — and one that most anyone can use.
I was listening to The Moth Podcast yesterday, and someone one shared their story by sharing an...
I’m starting a series this week on this Flash Briefing (and blog!) all around the theme of how Your Story Builds Community. I talk a lot about how your story can help you create community in general — but what does that really mean? How does it really work?
Every day this week, We will dive a little deeper into this.
No matter if you are a business with a tangible product, or a service-based personal brand, it’s important you find ways to share your story with your audience for this reason — it shows you are human. So often, marketing your business can feel sterile and cold, and your potential clients can be turned off by this.
You must find ways to share the heartbeat of your business and brand by showing the humans behind the machine.
In my own business, I use my social media channels to take my audience behind the curtain and show off different aspects of my life — I often will take the time to share bits of my story illustrate the passion for...
I want to talk about how to "Next Level" your storytelling game.
Any story worth sharing, is worth sharing in a big way!
The 3 V's to Victory:
#1 - Get Visible.
You have to show up, you have to share openly and use your voice. getting visible is the only way you can get your message out into the world, because here’s the thing — no one is going to do it for you so ask yourself today, how Visible are you with currently your story?
#2- Get Vulnerable.
Being open, honest, and REAL with your audience is the fastest way to grow a loyal client base. People want to do business with human beings, not robots. So showing your vulnerability every once in a while is a really important layer to add into your storytelling.
Just this week, in my own Community, I shared some successes I was experiencing, and I shared some areas in my own life and business that need improvement. Does that make me any less qualified to do the work I do if I admit that I'm human and that I...
So often in business, we get in the weeds of the day to day operations, we sometimes loose sight of what we are really doing — who it is we serve, who are we trying to help with our products, our services, our message.
It’s really important that you take some time to think about who it is you serve.
This is your storytelling prompt for the day — it’s a fantastic way for you to share a piece of your story with your audience.
Think about who you serve — write about your audience/ your clientele, your ideal clients. Who are they? Why do they matter to you?
I think there’s a big disconnect in businesses today between their audience and the people running the machine.
The best way I know how to help you solve that disconnect is to get you to #1 — think more deeply about the people you serve…. and #2— get you to share your story with them.
When you can clearly identify and connect with who it is you serve, it becomes so much...
I want you to imagine a Mountain-- picture in your head the landscape of this mountain, and imagine what it might look like if you were looking at this mountain from afar. You’d see the base, the peak, and the other side.
The mountain is an image I use in all of my storytelling classes to help people understand their own story, and how to craft their message in a powerful way.
This applies to all great storytelling — for businesses, for people, for analysis of politics — everything.
Here’s how this mountain relates to storytelling.
What makes up a great story is the element of transformation. When people tell stories without this ingredient, the stories fall flat and are very boring. Think of a movie script — can you imagine watching a movie without experiencing the buildup to the climax? It would be a disaster.
For my illustration today, I’m going to use a business as an example — because I think too many businesses overlook the...
The first step of storytelling is knowing your Audience.
Knowing who you are talking to will help inform you on the type of story you share, and the details you need to include.
So many people ask me, “How do I know what’s relevant— which parts of my story should I share?” — and the answer is tied up in “who are you talking to?” — What parts of your story would your audience be interested in? What is relevant to them?
Too many people share their story and quickly get off on a tangent of details that, honestly, nobody really needs to know! Going off the rails like this makes your story all about you. Remember, your story — and the whole reason you are sharing it — is to make it about your audience.
Knowing who you are talking to will inform you on the types of details you need to share. Asking yourself this simple question: “Does my audience need to know this; Is it relevant to them?"— will help you...