Note from Pam: Many of our fellows have found storytelling to be a powerful tool for talking about their work and why it’s important. Recently the Leopold Leadership Program started collecting resources to help researchers tell their stories in compelling ways. Welcome to “3 Days to better storytelling,” a 3-part blog series with tips and ideas for strengthening your storytelling skills starting today.
Day 1: Get inspired
It seems simple enough: if you want your ideas to stand out and be heard, go out and tell your story. Try googling “effectiveness of storytelling,” and you’ll find a wealth of examples from businesses, nonprofits, health organizations, schools, and other entities about how storytelling helped people absorb and act on new information for change.
Why are stories effective? What happens when you incorporate them into your work? Here are a few perspectives: