When Is It a Story?

Everyone says: Tell your own stories.

The question: How to find them? How do you recognize a moment worth telling a story about?

The answer: Look for unexpected lessons.

My favorite stories to tell are about times when:

  • I found a stranger in my hotel room
  • I completely blanked out when giving a speech
  • I walked into a glass wall

“If there’s a single best predictor of the story value of a narrative, it is the existence of an unexpected lesson or an unexpected way it is taught. When you see one of those two things happen—whether it’s happening to you or to someone else—take note. A great story is about to be born.” – Paul Smith, Lead With a Story

If it’s unexpected, it’s worth writing down.

And telling.


Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash


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