Learning to tell my story better

One of the reasons I created this blog was to help me to live my personal purpose – to do life, better – by sharing my story with others – you – in the hope that I will be able to inspire at least one person who is feeling like I did in 2012/2013 – stuck and unable to move forward.

So a key element of this blog has been about telling my story.

Sometimes I feel I have done this okay and sometimes I could have done better. But I do know that I want to get better in myself at telling my story, so I did something about it!

During the last few weeks I’ve been studying a (free!) course through the Skillshare website. The course is designed to help leaders – something I aspire to be seen as – improve their storytelling. And any regular readers of this blog will know the leader of the course, Keith Yamashita of SYPartners, has been a huge source of inspiration to me.

So, to me, it was a no brainier – a free course by Keith to help me improving my storytelling. It didn’t take me long to sign up!!

I approached the course in the same way that I do every opportunity – I grabbed it with both hands, jumped enthusiastically in, put 100% of me into it, and used it as an opportunity to challenge myself to be better.

As part of the course there are several stages that you go through to craft your story. Each one brings a new challenge, a new thought process, and a new way of thinking. And I admit I loved every minute!

What’s more, I also used it as a chance to do what I do best – to be creative in the way I tell my story.

As I went through the stages, I used different tools and methods of telling my story to refine it, improve it and focus on what it is I want to tell people.

So I used Paper by FiftyThree to structure my story. I created short videos of parts of my story. I used Storify to pull those bits together – along with some of the key characters and sources of inspiration that I used in my story, such as videos, images and links to articles, books, etc.

To then finish the course, I pulled my final – so far! – story into words. And then shared it with the group.

And when I was doing this, I shared all my work through my project area in the site in the hope that (a) I can inspire others and (b) so that others might comment on it with some ideas for improvements.

Over the next week I’m going to share more of my progress through the course in my blog, but if you want to see my thinking, my learning and my story, you can visit my project area on the Skillshare website.

Please do read and let me know what you think.

And if it does inspire you to join the course, please do – it’s free! – and I would love it if you shared your story with me so that I can get inspired by you.

Let’s do life, better.

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