Category: Empowerment Stories

How to Use “If I could handle that, I can handle this!” Stories in Coaching

  One of the story genres that are especially helpful to coaches or anybody helping people face a major challenge is the “If I could handle THAT, I can handle THIS” story. By sharing your own “If I could handle THAT, I can handle THIS” story with a client–or if you’re a manager, with a […]

More great examples of how to tell a story from Entrepreneuronfire.com

More great examples of how to tell a story from Entrepreneuronfire.com

If you are an entrepreneur who wants to be a more interesting interviewee or speaker, one of THE best places to get schooled in this is John Lee Dumas’s podcast Entrepreneur on Fire. When it comes to the importance of communicating your message via stories–and not abstract terms and speaking at the 30,000 foot level–John […]

Far From Over Reminds Us That, No Matter How We Might Feel…”It’s Far From Over”

I want to share the video below both because of its message and because it is a great example of how you can take a story, whether in written form or through video, and use it as a teaching metaphor. The video comes courtesy of friend and colleague John Brubaker, aka Coach Bru.  John, a […]

How to Use Stories to Facilitate Self-Awareness and...Inspire Courageous Conversations

How to Use Stories to Facilitate Self-Awareness and…Inspire Courageous Conversations

One of the many reasons I love storytelling is because it is a powerful, yet gentle, vehicle for helping people look inward at their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and agendas. Because you are “just sharing a story” and–even better–if that story is from your own experience and involves your own human imperfections, the other person can […]

How you can En-Courage Others With Your Story: Jia Jiang and  his 100 Days of Rejection

How you can En-Courage Others With Your Story: Jia Jiang and his 100 Days of Rejection

How might you offer hope and encouragement to others in a more active way…especially those who are going through challenging times right now? Here’s an example of how, when we act courageously, we en-courage others. The example comes from a remarkable person I heard about from John Brubaker (www.coachbru.com). John interviewed him on his radio […]

Using Your Personal Story to Inspire and Instruct: the Mound Road Story by Bob Terson

Using Your Personal Story to Inspire and Instruct: the Mound Road Story by Bob Terson

I first heard about Bob Terson, author of Selling Fearlessly, through Steve Lahey’s Small Businss Talent site. I was struck both by his wonderful use of stories and how his goodness and desire to help others was so evident. In the interview, Steve Lahey noted that Selling Fearlessly was story-based, rather than a dry, techincally […]

What's Your Africa: an "I didn't think I could...but I did!" story by Martina Mangelsdorf

What’s Your Africa: an “I didn’t think I could…but I did!” story by Martina Mangelsdorf

Note from David: This  magical story is a wonderful example of what I call an “I didn’t think I could do it…but I did” story. Technically, it’s more of a cousin to this genre…it’s more of a “I didn’t think I would survive it…but I did!” story. These stories are powerful vehicles for helping people […]

Share a Story; Offer a New Perspective

Share a Story; Offer a New Perspective

Recently, I was coaching a client who had a longstanding contentious relationship with a colleague. We had discussed what she could do to create a more harmonious relationship with this person. I asked her if she could focus on the things this other person did that she really respected, practice noticing the good things this […]

How to use a Self-Disclosure Story to teach Self-Awareness

How to use a Self-Disclosure Story to teach Self-Awareness

Peter Bregman is, in my opinion, the best in the business at using self-disclosure as a way to help people feel safe enough to engage in self-reflection. By sharing his inner world, including his fears, insecurities, and human imperfections, he makes it safe for people to do the same. By sharing his internal world along […]

Use Ritz Carlton's "Wow" Story Approach to Remind Employees of the Importance of their Work and...

Use Ritz Carlton’s “Wow” Story Approach to Remind Employees of the Importance of their Work and…

Ritz Carlton is probably the best example of an employer who consistently uses storytelling to inspire and remind employees what excellence looks  like. In this excerpt from the program Ritz Carlton’s Diana Oreck and I did at the ERE Conference  titled Strengthening Your Talent Acquisition, Onboarding, and Employee Engagement Strategy Through Storytelling, Diana shares an example of the […]