“I believe everyone has a story and that storytelling has the possibility of changing the world. It’s a high concept, I know. This doesn’t mean everyone will write a memoir or a piece of fiction. But, if we know how to read our stories we’re so much better off in articulating our purpose and knowing next steps. Sometimes, that purpose includes writing. Other times, it’s just decisions that leave us stumped. We can’t know our story unless we’ve allowed it room to breathe,” Elora Nicole, author and coach.
Storytelling is an Excavation
You can’t bite everything off at once and expect to be the same person afterward
It’s like a chunk of ice, you have to take an ice pick to it and work around the edges
The more you write and focus on the peripheral of your story, the more some of the core pieces will surface
Storytelling is Currency for Human Connection
Tell me a story, the why behind the why, I’m more likely to connect with you and understand on a deeper level.
When faced with a conflict, it’s natural to reach for a story
That’s why storytelling changes the world
When you have a connection with someone, it’s harder to ostracize them and use them as a stereotype
This episode’s Lifestory Toolkit features the Pomodoro Technique. It’s a way of getting any work done, whether you’re writing, working on the job, or just need to make progress on any project. For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A revolutionary time management system and the fundamentals of the Pomodoro Technique are simple yet incredibly effective. Here’s how it works: First, choose a task you’d like to get done…big or small. Second, set a timer for 25 minutes and make an oath to yourself that you will work exclusively on that task and not interrupt yourself. If you think of something else you need to do, quickly jot it down on a piece of paper and go back to working on your task. Third, when the timer rings, stop what you’re doing and put a checkmark of success down on a piece of paper to track. Take a short break, get a cup of coffee, breathe, take a short walk or do something relaxing. When the break is done, set the timer for another 25 minutes. Every four Pomodoros, you’ll want to take a longer break of 20 or 30 minutes. Give the Pomodoro technique a try and you’ll be surprised just how much progress you’ll make. You can find more information at pomodorotechnique.com.
Elora has been telling stories her whole life. It started with Dr. Seuss, writing in the margins of her books ways in which she felt the story could improve. As she’s gotten older, her love of storytelling morphed into teaching high school English for ten years, graduating with an M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, and writing three novels. We can get caught on the term story. It’s kitschy. It’s popular. It’s overused. But she believes in its purest form, storytelling is one of the best currencies we have for human connection.