60 Minutes is the greatest show on television.
No, I am not 54 years old nor do I go to bed before 6pm, I am a sucker for a good story.
60 Minutes has a way of capturing a story and telling it unlike any other program (okay I just called a television show a program, maybe I am 54 years old) out there. Therefore, they tell the best stories and grab my attention every Sunday night.
This video doesn’t just capture the power of a story but it challenges the reader (or viewer).
There are so many stories floating around. From the guy that you get your coffee from each morning, to the lady standing behind the cash register at Krogers, everyone has a story. I do not know if it is possible to capture everyones story, but I sure will try. I love to hear a new story each day. Maybe that is why I love going to Starbucks every morning, it provides me a chance to hear someones story.
Have you ever asked a complete stranger their story?
I try to make a habit of this.
Struggling to see how to do this? Here are a couple things that work for me when wanting to hear someone else’s story.
- Notice something about them:
Its amazing how making a comment about a book someone is reading, a t-shirt they are wearing or the type of drink they order will open up an hour long conversation. For me, the best way to get to hear someone’s story is to take notice of the story they are broadcasting. And by broadcasting I mean what they are telling you they are into. IE…books, t-shirts, coffee. By seeing what they are sharing on the outside will allow you to get to hear their story they have inside.
- Tell them a story:
Maybe not your story, but a story of someone else that has inspired you. Sometimes people are reluctant to share what they do, who they are, and how they have gotten to where they are today, but if you open up and allow them to hear the inspirational story of someone else they usually seem to open up to share about their life.
- Ask good questions:
One of the big keys in hearing other peoples story is asking questions that lead to story answers. Finding ways to pull out information about what they do, how they got where they are today, and what they are interested in is a great way to help people tell their story.
These are just a couple of things that I like to do when wanting to hear someone else’s story.
Anything you would add to this list? Heard any good stories lately? Have you shared your story lately? How have you read other peoples stories?