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Story Telling

Updated 09/02/2017
  What would Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs be
  without the structure and use of good story telling?
  Think of all the Disney movies you watched as a
  child (... you know you did), in how they drew
  you into the story quickly and kept you engaged
  as the story progressed cheering on the Heroes
  and their team while booing the Bad People.
  Use this in a Job Interview and watch their eyes!!

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    The Clues to A Great Story (19:16)  |  TED

    Andrew Stanton wrote the first film produced entirely on a computer,
Toy Story. But what made that film a classic wasn't the history-making graphic
    technology -- it's the story,
the heart, the characters that children around the
    world instantly accepted into their own 
lives. Stanton wrote all three Toy Story
    movies at Pixar Animation Studios, where he was 
hired in 1990 as the second
    animator on staff. He has two Oscars, as the writer-director 
of Finding Nemo
    and WALL-E. And as Edgar Rice Burroughs nerds, we're breathlessly awaiting
    the March opening of his fantasy-adventure movie John Carter.

    So what does this have to do with a Career Transition?  
  • Story telling generally is joke telling unless you are in a job interview.
    It's knowing your punchline, your ending... knowing that everything you are saying, from the 1st sentence to the last, is leading to a SINGULAR GOAL.

  • You want to confirm some truth that deepens our understanding of who we are as HUMAN BEINGS.
  • Our story is from who we are. In an interview, people always want to hear "your story". Nothing
    has a greater affirmation than when we can connect through our stories. It allows us to convey the similarity between ourselves and others.

  • Stories communicate your life, the lives of those you touched, everyone's lives, the choices, the conflicts and the understandings.

  • Walt Disney and others knew the secret to story telling: Make me care. Make me care about Snow White, about Mickey and Minnie, even about Goofy. Make me care for those in your story. Because through your story you engage them to care: emotionally, intellectually aesthetically. You draw them into the story to see the choices, the conflicts, the understanding.

  • To deliver a good story you must have a story that leads your audience somewhere that is worthy of their time and investment in you now and later. That your story will be intriguing to pull in your audience, to tantalize them with the promise of more to come. 

  • Become the narrator of our own fantastic story, like sitting by a campfire at night. You have limited time to draw them into your story and retain their focus on every word. Employers want, they need problem solvers who can work through the phases to deduce, deduct, analyze, visualize ...  As a good story teller knows, creating the absence of information in your story until the end draws leaves an audience hanging on your words with interest.

  • Don't hand your audience all the details. Draw them into your story deeper by revealing parts to the challenge you faced and solved... bring them into your experience for greater impact.

  • Never forget to mention what the drivers in your story. What are the conscious and unconscious goals you are striving to achieve and not always by explicit statement but from laying out the situation you became part of. Forcing them to think draws them into your experience and strengths.

  • While stories of success always play well, stories of learned failure also bring value if told in the proper manner. It is the drama that drives you to find solutions, to create enhancements or fix that which is wrong or failed. We all learn more about ourselves over time and our stories help show that to others reflecting the person they have an opportunity to hire.

  • There are some who can tell a well constructed high impact story on demand at any time.
    Then there are
    the majority of us who need to think about, plan, rehearse and tune our stories.
     - In your story, have you established the anticipation?
     - Have you involved wonder? Will the hero (you) survive this challenge or be scared for life? 
     - Do you create the need for others to know what will happen next in the short term?
     - Have you engaged me that I am now concerned how it will all conclude in the end?
     - Are your challenges legitimate conflicts with truth that create doubt on your outcome?
         -  When you tell a story, have you constructed anticipation?
         -  Have you made me want to know what will happen next in the short term?
         -  More importantly, have you make me want to know how it will all conclude in the long term?
         -  Have you given honest conflicts with truth that create doubt in what the outcome might be?

  • Your story may be require signs of thinking out-of-the-box, rebellious and/or contrarian in order
    to see through the challenges before you. These factors often drive people away from solutions.

  • It is acceptable if you appear somewhat selfish initially but becomes selfless to help others. We
    must play by the rules yet there are times policies, protocols and processes must be damned to
    achieve the greater good.
   Perhaps the big takeaway for any audience is that you took on "bad", put yourself into some level of
   risk that could have been disastrous, saved others and survived to slay the next dragon you find.
   These are the stories you can tell, that your interviewers will repeat, with their excitement over you.