Ask yourself: If you could interview like Walter Cronkite, would you get more value from your meetings? Would your mentors become more valuable?
In the biz story world, storytelling is only half the game. In fact the game DOES NOT start with storytelling, but with 2 other steps before that:
- asking the right question
I've curated some really great articles on listening so go grab those when you get a chance (use the Filter tab near the top on the left).
I find very few articles however on the Art Of The Question -- which is how to evoke stories in others.
Why would you want to evoke stories? For engagement, research, leadership, innovation, etc. Here's a good article about why we need to focus on crafting great questions: http://www.fastcompany.com/3005979/crowdsourcing-your-way-more-effective-leadership
In my work with clients, I often spent quite a bit of time training them on the art of the question so they can move their projects forward.
What I like about this article on The One Conversational Tool is that it gives us examples of really rotten questions, and how to restate those into really awesome questions.
In the practice of evoking stories, we typically fall back on the tried and true: "Tell me about a time when ..." "Tell me what happened ...", etc.
But this article comes up with a few other questions to evoke stories that are just as good. Just a quick FYI -- some of the questions posed will gain you flat-out opinions, but could then lead to a story.
So craft and practice your story evoking questions. Game on!
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it