Category: Perspective Shift 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 […]

How to use a story to pack a bigger punch

In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath identify stories as one of the six keys to communicating your ideas in a way that makes them pack a bigger punch and stick in your audience’s minds…forever. Here’s an example of this in action. This story is from a talk I gave on resilience. The technique […]

Use Self-Effacing Humor to Make You More Relatable and... Your Point Punchy

Use Self-Effacing Humor to Make You More Relatable and… Your Point Punchy

Even if we aren’t trying to come across as a guru or think we are any better than the people we are speaking to in an audience, just the fact that we are on stage can create a barrier. It can make it harder for people to relate to us. One of the best ways […]

Make Your Coaching and Selling Points More Persuasive with Analogies

Make Your Coaching and Selling Points More Persuasive with Analogies

Want to make your important ideas pack a bigger punch? Use analogies. Analogies don’t just make abstract ideas concrete, and therefore more understandable. They also make your points more persuasive. Often when you are trying to teach or persuade, ideas that to you are self-evident are NOT self-evident to your audience. They don’t have all […]

In Every Crisis, Hides an Opportunity: A Perspective Shift Story

In Every Crisis, Hides an Opportunity: A Perspective Shift Story

Here’s one of my favorite stories. I often use it in programs on dealing with stress, managing change, and building resilience. I’m sharing it with you both because of the content and also as an example of using a story to make your point hit home at a deeper level and live on in the […]

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 […]

A Video "Perspective Shift Story" about Self-Image and Beauty

A Video “Perspective Shift Story” about Self-Image and Beauty

Perspective Shift Stories are a powerful, yet gentle, way of inviting a person to look at themselves or their situation in a new, more empowering way. Sometimes you can use a short “video story” to help someone shift their perspective. I just came upon an example of this kind of video this evening. Earlier in the […]

An amazing Origin Story: Vivienne, Audrey and Make a Stand Lemon-aid

An amazing Origin Story: Vivienne, Audrey and Make a Stand Lemon-aid

Get ready for a great example of an Origin Story. This is one of the most important stories to have in your storytelling quiver, especially if you are a solopreneur with a big message. It’s also important for leaders of organizations to have both their personal Origin Story and an organizational Origin Story (like Ari […]