Tell Your Story
Storytelling Tips and Guidelines
HAVE A FORMAT
This is that one story of your life, not your life story. Tell a 10-minute true, personal account that follows a story arc with an build-up, climax, and resolution. Your story should feature one climatic experience with a dominant theme. Keep it simple and focused. This shouldn't be a lengthy autobiography or a lecture.
STEER CLEAR OF OVERT POLITICS
People are more open to human experiences that don't trigger political affiliation or reference complex data. Of course, stories may need to acknowledge injustices, but let the raw emotions and narrative of your story carry the message. Avoid policy talk, explicit politics, academic speak, and generalizing to how others should feel or act. The goal is accessibility.
TELL IT FROM THE HEART
This is neither improv nor spoken word. Think of it as a well-crafted story you disclose over a campfire to a group of close friends. You'll work with your story coach to outline and write your story, but you won't be reading it or reciting it in a scripted manner. Remember, no one knows your story but you, and no one is there to judge what you have to say. Allow yourself to be a little spontaneous and react with the audience. It'll also take some nerves off.