What’s Your Story?
Have you ever met someone and within 20 minutes felt like you’ve known them for years? I love it when that happens. I met with a new Stage Manager today, for our New York sessions, and we hit it off famously. After quick site visit for a new space, we skipped across the street to Ollie’s Chinese and within a few warm-up questions she started sharing her story.
That’s always where the magic happens.
From the beginning of time, humans have been sharing themselves through story. There is no better way to get to know someone. Sharing personal stories requires vulnerability, which lowers barriers and helps to establish trust. Story makes connection possible.
Often in our work lives we’re so busy talking data and details that we forget the stories behind the the purpose of our projects and the people making them happen. And we wonder why we don’t feel connected.
We tell ourselves we don’t have time. We’re all so busy going from one fire to the next. But we pay a price.
Most every session I lead, the room is filled with strangers. A mixed group of leaders from different backgrounds and experience-levels who have come together to learn, grow, and share an experience. I’ve been doing this for six year now and not a session has passed in which, by the end, those strangers haven’t become friends. They’ve shared their story.
That’s where the magic happens.
This isn’t something reserved for people attending a full-day leadership program, this is something accessible to all of us. Any day. If we but have the courage to share our story, the sincere curiosity to ask others about theirs, and the commitment to really be present in the conversation, that kind of connection is there for the taking.
And that’s where the magic happens.
What’s your story?