The Story Factor By Annete Simmons

Finished a refresher on this book as I prepare to go through Slideology again. If you are new to Story Telling, this is a GOOD PREMIER. The key take away from the book is thinking of the 6 key stories every story teller needs to be able to tell/structure.

6 Kinds of Stories You Must Be Able to Tell

People dont want more information, they want stories through which they can have “faith in you.” You can connect and influence people with 6 kinds of stories

  1. “Who I Am” Stories 2. “Why I Am Here” Stories 3. “The Vision” Story 4. “Teaching” Stories 5. “Values-in-Action” Stories 6. “I Know What You Are Thinking” Stories

Who Am I Stories – I have seen many leaders use the power of a story of a personal flaw to great effect. The psychologists call it self-disclosure. disclosure. One theory about why this works is that if I trust you enough to show you my flaws, you can trust me enough to show me yours.

Why I Am Here Stories – Your reasons for wanting to influence may combine selfish ish desires for power, wealth, or fame with selfless desires to benefit the organization, society, or a particular group of people. If you choose to tell a story that focuses on your selfless reasons, at least acknowledge the existence of your personal goals lest you lose credibility as a truth-teller. People want to believe you-help them out.

The Vision Story – You have to take the time to find a story of your vision in a way that connects-a story that people can see. The secret of a moving story is to tell it from a place of complete plete authenticity. A real vision story connects with people in a way that shrinks today’s frustrations in light of the promise of tomorrow.

Teaching Stories – Teaching stories help us make sense of new skills in meaningful ways. You never teach a skill that doesn’t have a reason “why.”

Values In Action Stories – A good test for yourself is to discover cover how many stories you can come up with to demonstrate strate the values you profess to hold.

I Know What You Are Thinking Stories – Living a life of influence means that we are more often evangelizing to the heathens and less often preaching to the choir.

Think of stories as Holograms of Power and they hold the potential to create power.

Stories Can Do What Facts Cannot – Just like knowledge can become wisdom, so can facts become a story. The story helps you build an interpretation around the facts, making absorption easier.

Psychology of Story telling – gives a brief overview of what and how to tell an epic, as opposed to delivering a soundbite.

Story Telling as A tool of influence _ if you work in the corporate world and or have a NLP background, this is self explanatory. The chapter at best is an overview of how to influence with stories

3 Star rating. It is a good companion to Slideology and Resonance. I will cover them in the coming month as I get back to re-reading them.