One of the best ways to get your staff’s attention when you are trying to get a point across is to tell a story. I love telling stories, especially ones that move people to action. I have the opportunity when I lecture and consult with clients to hear all types of stories and will write them down for future use.
When my children were very young we use to have a story time. Before they went to bed at night they would gather on my bed and I would read a chapter from a book. They loved the Little House on the Prairie book and Anne of Green Gables. Over the period of 4-5 years we must have read dozens of books together.
Not only did I read them books I would make up stories to tell them and I almost think they liked my crazy stories better. As adults now they still will mention some of my stories and you can tell these are fond memories.
As adults we still like hearing stories especially when ones that teach us quality lessons that we can learn by. Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson are great authors who write in a storybook fashion. It is easy reading and you cannot wait to find out what happens to the characters.
If you are in a position at work where you need to train or lead people you might want to try to tell them a story about what you are trying to get across to them to do. I have found that people seem to get a clearer understanding when the “point” is presented as a story.
“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” An old Native American proverb