Taylor Scott Lead with Hospitality

A Simple Guide to Crafting Stories Which Inspire Action

How do you craft stories to share with your team?

Think about your favorite movies, television shows, or even songs.  They’re your favorite because of the stories within them.  Every great movie has the following:

S – T – A – R

  • Situation:  A situation to which we can somehow relate
  • Task:  Characters to whom we relate because they have responsibilities just like we have in our own lives
  • Actions:  Actions are being taken by all characters, which keeps our attention and holds us in suspense to see whether or not they make the characters successful
  • Results:  There’s always an outcome or a result of those actions taken, words spoken, or decisions made.  Sometimes it’s a magical ending.  Other times not so much.  

Stories make even the most complex principles and tasks at hand more relatable.  It’s relatability that turns stress, fear, and doubts into possibility.  If someone else was able to do it, maybe you and I can do it as well.  Sometimes all we need is to hear the story.

When is a good time to tell your stories?  In all the areas and situations we continue to highlight as important connection and engagement opportunities for you to effectively lead with hospitality:

  • In One on One’s
  • In Team Meetings
  • In Written Communication
  • Via Social Media
  • In Informal Conversations

“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller.  

The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”
~ Steve Jobs, American business magnate

PS – Learn how to stay open to new experiences, develop and live your own personal leadership brand, and inspire others with a culture of storytelling and by creating memorable workplace experiences. Learn more about our Learning Experience, Becoming Inspired to Inspire, here.