Stories have an incredible way of getting a point across.
Since the dawn of time, humans have spent a lot of our spare time sitting around telling each other stories. Maybe it was the elder members of the tribe teaching the youngsters an important lesson.
Maybe they were slowly evolving myths about the mysteries of the stars, sun and moon and our place amongst them.
Or maybe they were just told to entertain, and get some fame and attention to the story teller.
Regardless of the reason, we’ve been telling each other stories since before recorded history, and we’ll be telling each other stories, in the form of books, movies and conversational remembrances far into the future.
If you want to make a point, telling a story is a great way. If you’re selling somebody a product, and they’ve got some reservations, you can tell a story about how you yourself had a problem, overcame your own objections, and lived happily ever after.
If you’re helping a friend, family member or loved one overcome a particularly difficult time in life, telling a rich story about someone who was in a similar situation and came out a winner can be much, much better than giving the same old standard advice.
Telling stories helps us relate, helps us connect, and keeps us focused on what’s important.
Clearly, the ability to communicate your ideas so that they are heard, understood and acted upon is a HUGE skill set. One that can easily trump all other skill sets.
Given that the world economy is in the toilet, and isn’t likely to come out any time soon, this can be on the most crucial skills you’ll ever learn.
Being able to “talk a good game” can get you into a lot of wonderful situations, and get you out of a lot of not so wonderful situations.
It can literally give you a life saving edge in a world that is becoming increasingly dog-eat-dog.