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Your list of “Story Starters” can include others’ stories as well as your own. As long as they have emotional impact on you and could move an audience. As long as you protect identities when necessary.
Let’s try the 3-part process on someone else’s story:
I now have enough notes to jog my memory when looking back over my list in search of a story to match a point. I can use it as a base, expand upon it, and dramatize it in a mini speech leading up to the point. For instance:
As Joe, my 80-year-old barber, is trimming my hair, he tells me of a time in the early days when two guys rented chairs in his shop. He saw them producing better work than his and asked for advice. They willingly showed him how to improve his performance. Eventually they left and some of their clients even decided to stay on with Joe. One year, he received the Best Barber of the Year award from the city. Some years later, another barber rented a chair and asked how to “undo” a mistake, but his advice was promptly dismissed. And that continued to be the case. Joe shakes his head and says, “I would never have received my award if I hadn’t been willing to ask for and receive help. This about learning, not ego.”
This is a story told in less than a minute. It can start off a discussion on the value of seeking guidance and new information and adapting to the changes involved.