Turning Accomplishments Into Stories

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  • TRANsiton: what makes stories work? Charc of good stories, effective What makes a good story Something happens, listener is affected Contained, focused, singular event Stays on track What gets in the way of your telling a story? Fear, nerves, old messages, lack of confidence. ( ever hear a 4 year old….utter confidence) SO, WHAT MAKES A GOOD STORY…NOT SURPRISINGLY… Characteristics
  • Turning Accomplishments Into Stories

    1. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Sharpen accomplishment “stories” for greater impact on interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare, practice and receive feedback on content and delivery </li></ul>
    2. 3. Why stories? <ul><li>Focused, concise </li></ul><ul><li>Clear, easy to follow </li></ul><ul><li>Real life examples </li></ul><ul><li>Logic plus emotion </li></ul><ul><li>More engaging than reciting facts </li></ul><ul><li>People remember stories ! </li></ul>
    3. 4. What’s your story? <ul><li>Choose an activity/interest you enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: sport, hobby, volunteer work, recent book/movie, favorite restaurant/ vacation spot </li></ul><ul><li>How did you get involved? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you enjoy about this activity? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should I try it? (Benefit) </li></ul>
    4. 5. Observations, insights <ul><li>Impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Specific details </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership = confidence! </li></ul>
    5. 6. Delivery Tips <ul><li>Non-verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Posture </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Facial expressions </li></ul><ul><li>Gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Vocal </li></ul><ul><li>Tone - emotion </li></ul><ul><li>Pace - speed </li></ul><ul><li>Volume- degree of loudness </li></ul><ul><li>Inflection - pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Timing – impact </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm - interest </li></ul>
    6. 7. “It’s all about them” <ul><li>Interviewer’s agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Job requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Candidate skills and accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Value added </li></ul><ul><li>“Fit” with culture </li></ul>
    7. 8. Fast forward <ul><li>What do you want the interviewer… </li></ul><ul><li>to know? </li></ul><ul><li>to think </li></ul><ul><li>to feel? </li></ul><ul><li>to remember? </li></ul><ul><li>What impression do you want to create? </li></ul>
    8. 9. Accomplishment statements <ul><li>Theme: </li></ul><ul><li>Problem/situation: </li></ul><ul><li>Action: </li></ul><ul><li>Results: </li></ul>
    9. 10. The rest of the story? <ul><li>Setting: time & place </li></ul><ul><li>Characters: roles/actions </li></ul><ul><li>Plot: sequence of events, twists and turns </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution: short and long term outcomes/changes; people or areas impacted; new procedures, policies, etc. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Details tell the story <ul><li>“selected to…” </li></ul><ul><li>“….for the first time…” </li></ul><ul><li>“corporate-wide effort…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ …multi-phases…” </li></ul><ul><li>“stakes were high…” </li></ul><ul><li>“…extremely visible project…” </li></ul><ul><li>“…an international/global team/initiative” </li></ul>
    11. 12. Transitions: signposts <ul><li>“ What was surprising…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ …and then….” </li></ul><ul><li>“ However, the customer/colleague, thought…” </li></ul><ul><li>“When I look back now…” </li></ul><ul><li>“The interesting thing…” </li></ul><ul><li>“Everything was going smoothly until…” </li></ul>
    12. 13. “When good stories go bad…” <ul><li>Too much (or too little) detail </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of focus; purpose unclear </li></ul><ul><li>Vague, undefined story line, </li></ul><ul><li>Characters not developed </li></ul><ul><li>Flat delivery </li></ul><ul><li>“Winging it” </li></ul>
    13. 14. Leave nothing to chance <ul><li>Think like a storyteller </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the power of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Assess feedback and revise </li></ul>
    14. 15. Accomplishments to stories <ul><li>After all…it’s your story… </li></ul><ul><li>What will you do next? </li></ul>

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