“Once upon a time …” Some of the best childhood memories begin with these words. We know that children love stories. But sometimes we forget that “big children” are still learning better from stories as well. Stories are often one of the best ways to get your main points. Senior speakers are also great storytellers. Sometimes when you make a speech, it’s hard to get to the perfect slow and steady wins the race expansion story to make the right point. This is when the story file is very useful. It saves time and energy to look at a list of stories rather than trying to think of one from scratch.
Abraham Lincoln pioneered the use of stories, especially stories that underestimate himself, to express his views during speeches and conversations. Lincoln knew that stories make it easier for the public to remember your points. He also used stories to express himself. When you tell a story about something stupid or ridiculous that you did, you let the audience know that you are a real person, not a “stuck” character using the theater to boasted yourself.
How do you make these great stories? What if nothing interesting happened to you? First of all, your stories should not be equivalent to deploying your own arm to survive in the wild. Stories can be very common events. It may just be a conversation with an employee at a grocery store. The power of stories comes in the way you use it to illustrate your points. It is impossible for the public to remember everything you say in your words. Their retention rate increases dramatically when these points are linked to stories. It is easier to remember stories.
What process do you use to create a story file? There is no particular format, just do it the way it suits you. You can get coupons from paper stuffed in the Files folder. You can use a magazine to record your stories. You can set up a computer file and write it as you remember it. A friend, an engineer, put his story in an Excel spreadsheet. Use what is comfortable for you. The important part is to start writing your stories. Your story file will become priceless for you.
I have a magazine dedicated just to record stories. When the memory pops up in my head, I write it right away. Fast typing is the most important part. Do not worry about how to use the story or whether it’s relevant, just write it down. The more stories you have, the more useful your profile becomes. You’ll find that one story will remind you of another story. Just type them all.
Warning: Do not tell yourself, “Oh, I’ll remember later” when an idea comes to you. You may not remember them later. In most cases, you have only about 45 seconds to reduce or record memory before it slips.
How do you dig your memory for your primary stories? You can use jogging memory words. You can go through a certain period of your life (for example: when your family lived in the country and attended a school that was 60 minutes by bus). But you do it, leave time for your thoughts to embrace. As soon as the juices begin to flow, more memories will emerge, often events they have not thought for decades.
In addition to your own stories, you can also use friends and family stories. My brother was a great source of stories because he was a family rebel. Always choose the right person for your stories. Do not claim other people’s stories as your own stories.
I have one section in my diary, in which I write a phrase that helps me remember a certain story. Then I take stories I know I want to use soon and write them down as much as possible. Below, add ways I can use this story and ideas to find out where.
Stories can also be about others’ experiences. I have a story about how third-grade teacher Stevie Wonder made the first sense of privacy. Check newspapers and other print sources. Just remember to cite the source. Your personal stories are usually the best source because they are unique to your own experience and will not be used by the speaker speaking directly to you. However, some speakers have created very successful careers by talking about someone else’s life and experiences.