I just finished weekend learning about the art of storytelling from a master.
Look, I always pride myself on being a great storyteller. After all, the pattern of drama queen (or king) transforms into an excellent storyteller. And believe me I grew up doing drama queen from the time I could sit up and say “NO.”
I have worked with so many people in often very dramatic situations and I know how to spin the tale to make you listen.
Or so I thought.
Bo Eason was a football player. He was really good except there comes a time when enough knee surgeries say it is time to find a new avenue of expression.
Bo became a playwright and actor with his semi-auto biographical one man show “The Runt of the Litter” playing off Broadway and around the country.
There I was facing a new way to tell my story, of telling stories that have impacted my life as I listened in awe to this man whose personal striving for excellence forced me to think and rethink what I have to say.
What struck me the most was Bo’s passion for helping others find their stories and their voices; that voice we all have inside that says “listen to me.”
I believe, along with this master teacher, that we are in the era where storytelling, stories that are real, meaningful and universal will be a healing force in the workplace.
That is part of what we teach in our Total Leadership Program; how to listen and talk about what really matters that will make a difference in how you lead.