Do you find yourself struggling, feeling put on the spot when the occasion to tell a story arises? Do you wish you could be more impactful in those leadership moments where a story might be just the thing, such as connecting with someone you supervise or perhaps needing to bring home the data in your presentation. Do you simply wish you were better at those times around the dinner table when sharing a story about your day or your family is the best next thing you could offer?
The Story Sandwich is a simple, straightforward strategy for how to construct a true, personal story for any occasion, personal or professional. How much do you love sandwiches? So do I! They’re compact, well organized, and delicious—just like a good true, personal story!
In the Story Sandwich curriculum, which is broken up into six modules, we use Theresa’s story, a story I coached for an event as a launching off place to break down the components of a good story. From there, we discuss how to construct your Story Sandwich, including a strong first and last line, which are like the pieces of bread that hold a sandwich together. We also talk about
· appropriate vulnerability,
· and outlines.
Finally, we discuss the importance of storytelling as a means for authenticity and connection in today's world.