Have I got a story for you!
Have you noticed how a good story grabs your attention?
Two years ago I flew from Saudi Arabia, where we were living, to Washington, D.C., for a conference.
I was partially excited about the conference, but mostly looking forward to meeting up with friends who would also be attending. And, to top it off, I’d have a few days with my family after the conference, so lots to look forward to.
The first day of the conference went well and was interesting enough to keep me awake.
Day two was more of a challenge. The speakers were fine, but I was dealing with jet lag and having a difficult time staying focused.
One session in particular stands out in my memory. The speaker was great, but I was having trouble focusing.
What I noticed, though, was every time he started to tell a story, my brain reengaged. I was awake and totally into it.
When he went back to data or facts, my concentration faded rapidly.
There’s something about stories that grabbed my attention. (And still do!)
Stories create connection, make people seem more real and human.
I was thinking about this after the conference, and realized everyone has a story but not many get told.
In fact, everyone has a fascinating story. (Yes, that includes you!)
I wanted to hear more stories. And (no offense to the men reading this) wanted more women to have an opportunity to share their stories.
So, to hear more stories, I began an experiment called Connect4.
Three faithful friends agreed to join me on the venture. Let’s have 4 calls, I told them. On each call we’ll take turns sharing the answer to a question (each person has about 10 minutes):
- Who are you? (share a piece of your story)
- What are you most proud of in your life?
- What holds you back?
- Where are you going? (future hopes and dreams)
The idea was to experience each other’s stories. No coaching, no counseling, no advice-giving. Just share, listen, and connect.
It’s been a good experiment. There are now four Connect4 groups happening with women from various places in the world.
Telling and hearing each other’s stories.
A few weeks ago I was talking to one of my sisters about our family and growing up years.
“You had a different experience than I did,” I said. “You have different stories, different take-aways, different perspectives than I do – and for that matter, than our other sisters and our brother.”
Maybe this should have been obvious, but it struck me for the first time.
This led to an idea of sharing the experience of Connect4 in a different way – on my next webinar. But who would be willing to share their story in a setting like that?
I called my sister, Connie. She said yes.
So, on Wednesday, July 19, listen in on the first ever Connect4 webinar. Following the format of Connect4, I’ll be asking Connie the four Connect4 questions.
I’m excited to hear pieces of my sister’s story I’ve never heard before.
For me, the power of these stories is in the connections that result. These connections feed my heart and soul. And they might feed yours too.
How about you? What’s your story? What are you most proud of in your life? What holds you back? Where are you going?
I’d love to hear a piece of your story!