Last week, we talked about understanding your value and how your story matters, that it has importance.
This week, I want to talk about focusing your story for a specific purpose, how to tell an effective story with a point. You may have spent the time to learn how to tell it, and now you need to be focused and intentional about why.
What is the goal when you share something real and vulnerable?
Know your goal.
You need to know what your story means, what value it has for others. We can use stories of pain to bring peace, stories of abuse to bring healing, but only if we know what our goals are.
When I spoke at the TEDx conference, the goal was different than when I speak at a middle school. The power of the story is in its focus, in its goal. This is why its so important to journal, to become immersed in story, to know what the value of your story is, and then to apply that value in a way that helps others.