Tis’ the season of stories. The good, the bad, the ugly and all the truths and lies in between. We all love a bit of good storytelling both in our personal and business relationships. Yes, Stories are forever! Here in the Northern hemisphere, we have moved into the winter solstice. An astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. Whether you celebrate Yuletide, Christmas, Hanukkah or any of the Pagan festivals during this time – it is a festive season. The scene is set, it is colder and darker, so we gather around fires (electric, gas or wood) and share stories. With a grand meal digested, a few drinks downed, a feeling of satisfaction descends upon us and all that is missing is a good tale or two. Stories Are Forever!
-Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world -Robert McKee
Listen up, it’s story time! Get in there with your friends and family and ask them to share their tales and memories. Ask them to tell you about the time they did, said or saw something. Don’t forget to ask them about what you were like as a child. Create the atmosphere, ask smart questions, sit back and tune in and save them on your memory stick. Even if you have heard them before, you never know, asking in a different way might just bring out another interesting angle to the tale. When you show interest in a story, you contribute to the enthusiasm of the storyteller. I know that if my audience are into it, enjoying it visibly, it sets me on fire too!
The rumour is that there are only seven basic story plots.
- Overcoming the Monster.
- Rags to Riches.
- The Quest.
- Voyage and Return.
Most of them you will clearly recognise in the films and shows you will also indulge in this time of year. In fact, the entertainment industry wouldn’t exist without a good story.
That’s what we storytellers do, restore order with imagination. We instil hope again and again -Walt Disney
Now you have collected and collated all these stories you are set, place them carefully in your personal mental storage space. Next, get ready to bring them out in 2018, in your posts and articles, on your videos and lives, in your business meetings and on the big stage. This will be your new material for the coming year. And, in the process of accumulating all these gems and nuggets you will be inspired to re incarnate, re-invent and re-vamp the stories you have buried inside of you.
A storyteller has the power to set you on fire, inspire and motivate. Stories stimulate you to ask questions and to think and re-think. Stories are fast becoming the way to sell your service, product or idea.
Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make but about the stories that you tell – Seth Godin
Story telling is at the core of the work I do, whether it is on page, stage or video. It is key to spreading worthwhile ideas, it is essential to making a difference and becoming an expert in your field. For the women I work with, it is all part of becoming Heard, Understood and Believed.
If you have a story brewing inside of you, something potent and powerful and you need guidance and encouragement, press on that chat button below and let’s get that story of yours out there for 2018. Stories are forever!
If you are looking for some inspiration to develop your own stories check out my recent article http://www.georgiavarjas.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=884&action=edit