Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will
About This Show
Your stories don’t define you, but how you tell them will.
If relationships are the key to happiness, communication is the doorway, and communication is most engaging when we use stories as our foundation.
We share stories for many reasons, to persuade, to entertain, and to connect. What we sometimes forget is the impact of the stories we tell ourselves. Whether you’re sharing personal stories or business stories, how you share them makes a difference in how you remember them, and in how you’re perceived by the people you’re interacting with.
When you figure out which stories to share, difficult bosses and coworkers, successes, failures, the next step is to develop how you share them. Have you figured out your patterns, and maybe your role in those successes and failures?
In this series, you’ll hear personal stories of professionals who have identified pivot points that shaped their careers. These stories will resonate with you, you’ll nod your head in understanding, and then we’ll dig into the lessons from each of those situations.
When I’m working with clients, I remind them to listen for understanding, not to respond. During this podcast, I’m asking you to listen to consider your related stories, and to listen to consider which stories in your life might have impacted you in a similar way.
Most Recent Episode
17: Struggle Stories Help Define Patterns
5 days ago
After two years in the position, I found myself standing in the bathroom with a tear-stained face... again. What was wrong with me? Why couldn't I make this work? I'm not a particularly emotional person and yet, here I was with swollen eyes and runny nose... again. Why was I letting my boss get to me like this? This wasn't the first time I found myself struggling with an abusive boss in a bad environment. Just two positions before this one I had another abusive boss. As I stood looking in the mirror, my reflection said it all: You've been in this position before that, too. I started to look back at all of my jobs, all the way back to being a food server at an IHOP in college. There were some exceptions; I did experience jobs where I was valued, where I thrived and became the professional person I am today. Looking back though, there were far too many similar situations in my past. This was a pattern. It took some deep self-reflection to come to this conclusion, the most humbling and difficult moment in my career. I had some complicity here.
Rated 5 out of
Engaging, relaxed, fascinating stories!
Sarah Elkins is a masterful storyteller who is so authentic that you immediately feel like you've known her for years. Because of that, her interviews are more like rich conversations with a trusted friend, which are both engaging and enriching!
Date published: 2018-01-24