By Corey Daxon, Managing Partner
Summer vacation! Docks and cottages, pools and patios. Sunshine, outdoors, and times with friends and family. The season is way too short, it’s precious, and it brings people together. And when people are together – out come the stories.
They can be hilarious, inspirational, heartwarming, sad, or all of the above. They come from travel, careers, sports, family time, and unique things that happen in between all of these parts of our lives. Regardless of the infinite combination of sources and content, our stores are personal and unique, and they make up who we are.
I’ve got mine. Those who know me have heard the one about my first big career win, the cottage dog disaster, my worst candidate interview answers, client success secrets, hamburger whiplash…(cue the eye rolls and sighs from anyone who spends a lot of time with me). As I’ve gotten older some have been told countless times to anyone new who will listen, and some are still just being added to my playlist.
The most successful career professionals I have worked with and supported have the ability to differentiate themselves with their stories. They engage audiences, exude confidence, and mentor others with effective stories. Stories that are told with intent, in relevant scenarios, and in an engaging or amusing fashion.
The best candidates I have interviewed know how to insert relevant stories when describing their brand, their accomplishments and their experiences. This is incredibly more memorable than reciting job responsibilities. Leaders and manager solicit followers, connect and strengthen relationships by sharing personal stories to their teams. Employees who establish their personality with stories connect in a stronger way with their peers.
For some, storytelling is totally natural and unscripted. For others it’s not that easy. If that’s the case, spend time thinking about and reviewing your stories and the unique things that have happened in your life. Think about what they exemplify, what they’ve taught, how they could help others, or simply how they make others laugh.
So, while you are enjoying the summer, pull up a chair on the dock, the beach, the baseball bleachers, or around the boardroom table, and tell some stories.
Corey Daxon is Owner and Managing Partner at Feldman Daxon Partners.
- On July 26, 2018