Want to do Something Worth Remembering? Tell Good Stories

There are two things my daughters ask for when I’m tucking them into bed: a prayer and a story. They don’t ask for an explanation of geometric proofs. They’ve yet to look up at me, their heads on their pillows, and inquire about the molecular structure of hydrogen dioxide.

Don’t get me wrong: they ask some zany questions. They want to know why. They want to know how. But at the heart of their question isn’t a desire for technical information: they want a story. Because somehow children innately understand that the pathway to truth is always paved with good stories.

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Are you telling good stories? No matter what field you’re in, the ability to tell a good story is a key skill that will improve your performance and strengthen relationships. Better story-telling raises your business’s bottom line, elevates your popularity in the polls, and ensures your clients remember you. It will sharpen and improve the message of your non-profit organization and help your students retain information.

Better story-telling forms stronger bonds between you and your children. It can enliven your marriage.

It can help bring you back to the truth.

His storytelling fulfilled the prophecy: I will open my mouth and tell stories; I will bring out into the open things hidden since the world’s first day. Matthew 13:35

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What stories do you remember? What current-day story-tellers keep your attention?

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