You have heard you should tell stories in an interview, right?
I say you should tell stories in your LinkedIn Summary.
Why? Because when I tell you a story you can connect with the story, or me, in a different way. It’s usually an emotional connection, as opposed to just listening to facts and figures.
A few nights ago my son and I were talking about a wasp nest we were going to take care of. I asked him if he remembered when he got stung by wasps about six years ago, when he was about four years old.
It’s a pretty funny story, from my perspective, and I wanted to see what he remembered.
He told me the entire story, including what day it was, what time it was, and exactly what happened and what he was thinking. He gave me more details than I would have guessed.
Why did he remember all this, even to this day, after not telling the story to anyone?
Because he connected emotionally to the experience.
And he’ll never forget it.
Can you craft your stories so people can put themselves into the experience? So they can relate to the type of boss you had, or the problem you were facing?
If you can create those stories, and tell them CONCISELY, you’ll communicate on a different level, and people won’t forgot you, or your story.
Maybe they will forget parts of your story… but they won’t forget how they FELT when they heard your story.
It’s that powerful.