Do you have a story to tell? How are you telling your story? Are you sharing what you want to share and are you being authentic? Yesterday I attended an event in Hamilton called Tweetstock: Those Who Tell Stories Rule The World and I learned the art of telling our stories in a today’s technological era.
Gratitude Tip: Your story has value. Whether you are an employee or business owner, people want to know your story. And with social media today, there are so many different ways to tell your story, how do you know where to even start. My story did not start with gratitude, but the theme of living daily gratitude is what brought my community together. What is your passion? What do you have to share with others by using your story to bring people together?
John Michael Morgan was the keynote speaker, and he opened and closed the day. All of the speakers were fantastic and I resonated most with what John Michael had to say. Truthfully, I had never heard of him before and in fact, I didn’t even know about the event until two days ago. For some reason I felt the need to go. Being in the middle of my 40 Day Prayer Challenge, I knew that this was God nudging me to attend. And I am so grateful that I did. There is something about John Michael that really captured my attention, and interestingly, even though I knew nothing about him before I heard him speak (I even missed his intro!), I quickly realized that he is a Believer and the way he subtly wove his faith into what he shared was really beautiful to me.
His opening keynote dealt with the mechanics of our message, with simple reminders about knowing who is our target audience and to communicate via our channels on a consistent basis. One thing that I did make note of is that we need the basics over and over again, so it’s important for us to continue to teach our community about the same things again and again because it’s about the reminder, and not always about learning something new. This is often what I do with my blog, the same themes come up again and again, and my goal is to share the information a little bit differently every time so that it will resonate with different members of my audience each time.
Failure unites us – true or not? Do you agree with this statement? I do. I feel that when we share our struggles and challenges with others, they see us as more ‘human’ and more like them. And we all love the hero’s journey, where we fall into despair or are faced with a huge challenge and triumph against all odds. The hero’s journey is a classic storytelling device that never gets old. John Michael also reminded us that mistakes are simply a part of the path to success. I would add that until our society embraces failure and mistakes as the key to success, we will continue to see a lot of people quit before they reach their goals. There is a misunderstanding that if you make a mistake or fail that it’s time to quit. When in fact our errors and missteps can be our greatest teachers, if we choose to look at it that way.
The most powerful quote of the day? ‘Income improvement follows self-improvement,’ John Michael Morgan. I loved the way he phrased this. Whether you are in direct sales or not, 30 minutes of personal development daily can be life changing. One of the reasons why many people are attracted to directly sales is that personal development is highly encouraged and you are often introduced to books, audiobooks, podcasts, seminars etc. that you would not have found otherwise. John Michael has a great list of 10 Books Every Leader Needs to Read – great summer reading list as I have only read 3!!
Become the person you need to be in order to achieve the success you crave. Start by working on you. As I shared in a previous post, the only way to get out of debt is by changing your thinking. Because even if you consolidate and pay off your debts, unless your thinking changes, you’ll end up in the same place again in a few short years. Create an amazing Friday!
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