If there is one thing that clearly applies to both speaking and writing, it is that you need to tell interesting stories to be successful. This may lead you to ask, “how do I tell interesting stories?” I’m glad you asked!
To tell interesting stories, you need to do one of two things:
2. Do interesting stuff.
Seems like a no-brainer, right?
How do you do it? How do you have interesting experiences that translate into interesting stories? How do you live an interesting life?
Here’s a shock: you already do.
Don’t believe me? Here are the two things you can work on:
1. Figure out what’s already interesting
2. Do more interesting stuff
To figure out what you already do, you’re going to need to keep some type of journal. Write about some of the things that you do, and write about some things that you know. Think about times where something happened that relates to your topic.
For instance, when I write about speaking I try to remember times when <insert topic here> happened to me. Then I use that story to help make my point.
To do more interesting stuff, you need to mix it up a bit. Here are a couple of examples:
If you like to go to Starbucks or Barnes & Noble to relax and use the Internet, change it up. Try Buffalo Wild WIngs or a local sports bar. See what’s different and listen to what people around you are saying.
Take a different path home from work. Drive through areas you haven’t seen before (advanced scouting for safety is okay).
Try a local weekend vacation somewhere just an hour or two from home. See what is there locally to do and try it.
Not all of these ideas will generate stories every time, but if you try new things, you’ll have new experiences and you’ll have new stories to tell.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to try new experiences.
One time I was in Orlando with one of my LTs (Lieutenants) for some training. During one of the evenings we saw these two giant crane arms with a rubber band stretched between them. In the center was a two seat contraption that allowed the riders to go about 300 feet in the air, while twirling upside down and back all the way. No chance I do something like that myself. But my LT insisted we go, and no man should ever chicken out in front of an LT. We went on the ride and I was totally hating him at the start. But, by the time we snapped to the top, I was loving the ride and enjoying the view.
Definitely a new experience for me, and it can be worked into a topic on overcoming your fear if I want to.
Are you living an interesting life?