Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Rabindranath Tagore, Walt Disney, Phil Knight, and Steve Jobs are all names associated with great storytelling.
For me, this decade is all about becoming a better better storyteller. My writing on my blog is part of building my storytelling muscle. I spent some time this morning with my cake and coffee thinking about what is the most foundation element of storytelling.
A Google search resulted in many articles and essays on being tactics, characteristics, qualities, and story construction. Amazon has 20,000 titles with four stars and up. YouTube has thousands of videos.
And while it may make sense for me to walk through the methods, strategies, tactics, and characteristics, I don't believe those elements of storytelling to be the core, foundational element of storytelling.
To make the point about the foundational element of storytelling we have to look no further than the concept of a reservoir. If I desire an abundance of something then I must plant seeds and water. I believe this will work really well for stories.
For the next 30 days if I were to make a note of two to three memorable events and maybe jot a few notes for each that's 60 to 90 stories that I've placed into my reservoir.
My prediction is that over this coming year as I strengthen my storytelling abilities and create more relationships with other storytellers, the #1 challenge we will all face is the quantity of stories to share. So before I get to improving my storytelling skills, I'm planning on having a reservoir filled with more stories than I can possibly use.
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