BE A STORYTELLER:
7 PROFOUND REASONS TO DO SO
7 PROFOUND REASONS TO DO SO
be a storyteller
7 Profound Reasons to Do So
1. Because you have a story to tell.
“I’m not chatty.”
“I’m not an extrovert.”
I can relate, I’m more of a listener. Sometimes I can’t even put my words together when with a big group and everybody’s eyes on me. It’s like before I can get to my key point, another topic is on so I end up listening to people all eager to talk. But here’s one thing I realized, if I insist that it’s my turn to share, people stop and listen. It’s okay to say, “Wait, let me just share something,” or “let me finish, here’s what happened.”
So insist on being the storyteller next time! Make people see you have a story to share, and that you need them to give you that moment.
If you’re always the storyteller, have a break sometimes and make it a goal to listen. It’s your turn to say, “let me listen to you girls, I mean it.”
2. Because telling your story is a way of expressing yourself.
One of the best ways to express yourself is to tell your story, and that includes your experiences, realizations, and lessons. It’s your own story, so you can choose how you want it to be out.
For most people, they can just talk about it while hanging out with friends. If you’re more introverted, try blogging, do art, write a poem, a song, a short FB post… they can all be means of expressing yourself.
3. Because telling your story makes you face your fear of vulnerability.
The more you tell your story, the more you face your fear of vulnerability. Have you observed that when you share your story, people around you share theirs also?
Someone has to open up first, and be vulnerable to show others it’s okay to be imperfect and weak, to fail, to cry, to have mistakes…
It surprises you that the person whom you think as flawless and got things right has countless failures and problems. But you only come to know it when that person tells her story and embraces her vulnerability.
So willing to be vulnerable?
4. Because others get to know you through your story.
If you only talk about your work and all the technicalities in it, I’ll recognize you more about your work. If you only talk about your daily commute complaints, I’ll remember you as the lady who hates taking the bus. If you only talk about your diet and how long you stay at the gym, I’ll regard you as fitness conscious. I think you already got the point.
We are what we always talk about, no matter how we try NOT to admit that. But it’s not an excuse to judge each other, because most of the time it’s not the complete story.
For some people, they can share their entire story in one sitting. For others, they might talk first about their dogs, books or recipes before sharing their inmost hurts and regrets.
Try this, every time you go out with friends, note what each one is always talking about. It’s amusing to realize that there’s a pattern, and gauge which of your friends are having a hard time sharing. Give that friend time. Or maybe it’s them giving you time.
For your next hang out, aim to tell your story for them to see the real you. It can be on “installment basis” as long as you’re trying to share some aspects of your life then you’re on a roll. Oh, not just about your work, please, or your Korean drama series. There’s more about you, for sure.
5. Because others might relate to your story and use it as a source of encouragement or inspiration.
Why do we love movies based on true stories? Why are we interested in documentaries, biographies and the like? Because we can relate, they’re not just from a director’s imaginative mind. Why do we read books or listen to podcasts? Because we want to keep track how they did it, how they overcame trials, how they achieved their success.
Don’t exclude yours. You don’t have to be at TED talk to tell your story, you’re already in a community with people looking for ways how they should go with their lives and your story can be the very thing they need.
6. Because your story can be in a different season that may “prepare” others.
We can’t be all in the same season, that’s plain boring… but we all go through the same seasons. Some are just ahead, others behind based on age, health, support, environment, finances, education etc. So comparison is a no-no here, you have your own season to face.
I might be in a different season, but someday I’ll be in the season you’re in now. So I don’t need to compare my timeline with you, but I can “take notes” and learn from you to prepare myself when I reach your season.
What’s the deal here? Through your story, you’re giving others a heads up, so they can also prepare or be wiser when they reach a specific season of their life.
7. Because your story is a testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life.
This the primary reason you are to tell your story.
May Psalm 71 be a wonderful reminder when hesitations and doubts try to silence your voice. God uses your story! We tell our story not for us, but to declare His power to the next generation, His mighty acts to all who are to come.