Do you think you haven’t got anything interesting to say?
You’re not alone.
The good news is, there are 7.5 billion people in the world and every single one is unique. Isn’t that amazing? Your unique journey with all its failures and joys, twists and turns is what makes your personal story interesting.
Even extremely mundane human behavior can be captivating. Have you ever watched a reality TV show? Have you ever retold a story about a friend to another friend? We do it all the time, because it’s interesting to hear about other people’s lives and yours is unique and just as interesting as your friends.
It’s the way you tell it.
Creating a personal story from your experiences that you can tell confidently can be incredibly rewarding and empowering. You’ll be sharing your ideas with others in a memorable way that they can pass on.
You have hundreds of life experiences, which you can turn into stories that others will want to share.
Start by telling a story from the heart, because a story with emotion appeals to our human instincts and we can’t help but relate that story to our own lives.
We’ve put together a 5-point plan to help you create a personal story.
5 steps to a fascinating personal story
- Decide on the experience you want to share.
- Write down the bones of your story The facts and the basic information that pieces together to form your story.
- Close your eyes Think about where in the story there is smell, taste, touch, sight and sound that you can describe. The sensory language builds a world your audience can imagine themselves in.
- Why are you telling this story? Peel back the layers and get to the gut feeling of what makes this important to you. Don’t be afraid of failures, mistakes, and dark feelings. That’s what makes you human and its what your audience can relate to.You don’t need to spell it out when you tell it, just have it in your mind and it will give your story a backbone.
- Structure You don’t need to be technical about this, use the information you have from 1. and 2. then use it to set the scene (beginning), bring in the action (middle) and find a resolution (end).
Tell it to your friends, family, pets, plants, whoever will listen! You’ll soon learn which parts sound/feel good to others and which need more work.
You’ll be amazed how many times you can tell the same story in different ways and how your story will be passed on.
You DO have something interesting to say, and you’re not alone, so start telling your stories!