“Vulnerability gives us freedom, power and connects us to a network of injured souls. It is through the art of being real that we can heal ourselves and others.” – Shannon L. Alder
Do you struggle with letting someone in or revealing too much about yourself?
Were you taught never to air your dirty laundry in public?
The truth is sharing a story about ourselves makes us feel vulnerable. Often, we believe it will unnecessarily expose us to hurts and criticism. Although our reasons for avoiding being vulnerable are personal and specific to our unique experience, telling a personal story will require that we reveal a flaw, error, or roadblock that was difficult to overcome. Brené Brown describes vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. That unstable feeling you get when you step out of your comfort zone or do something that forces you to lose control. Vulnerability is the secret to a captivating story. It creates human connection and engagement like nothing else.
Why is this important? Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.” In other words, people buy from the person with whom they share an emotional connection. The person they believe understands their pain, disappointments and challenges. The person they believe can move them beyond their present situation.
Watch my interview with the owner of Century 21 Innovative Realty, Sabbir Chawala. Learn as Sabbir shares the importance of being vulnerable and authentic. Discover why telling your story is the key to connecting and building trust.
Have you ever listened to a speaker and felt like you were the only person in the room? Maybe the story they told moved you because it was so close to your reality? Choosing the right theme is the key to creating a deep connection with your divine client. Below are seven proven topics that have the power to bring the listener on a compelling journey.
Love: Of a person, a place, an item, a sport or a craft.
Death and Loss: Of a person, a place, an item, a sport or a craft.
Good versus Evil: Fight against the oppression of a villain of any kind.
Coming of Age: A change in mindset and full self-expression.
Power and Prejudice: Overcome discrimination and corruption.
Survival: Battling forces such as the environment, illness, or abuse.
Courage: Becoming an unlikely hero and finding inner strength, love.
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