When you hunt for a story, focus on the concept you need to illustrate and ask someone to help you come up with ideas. Once you have found one watch or read the scene again closely, pull out descriptions that set the scene in context for people who are not familiar with the big story. And tell it with sensory details (George Clooney in drag) that conjure strong images. Choosing a well-known book or movie takes advantage of all the hard work the author or director did stimulating senses and capturing attention. Make the story yours by adapting the format and style, including the details of how you came across this story, or by elaborating on what this story has meant to you and why you are sharing it. [Read more…]
Trust is lost when you treat someone fairly by your standards, yet unfairly by their standards. This doesn’t have to happen!! There are many completely valid definitions of fair: everyone shares equally…whoever works harder gets more…the rainmakers get the most (even if it doesn’t look like they work hard)…hey, the neediest get first dibs…none of which translates to the same distribution of resources . People think “fair” is obvious, but we need share stories that demonstrate what fair means to each person, so we can come up with a common definition of fair that avoids misunderstanding and protects mutual trust.
Tell a story so real, your interviewer can’t help but retell it to decision makers. Deliver a vicarious experience of you – standing strong in a tough situation. THEN…ask your interviewer, “Tell me more about the job.” You are likely to get a story back – with lots of juicy details to address specifically. Good luck and I hope you land that job!