Storytelling is an ancient art that people in communications fields have begun to appreciate. But how do you find the right story for the occasion?
Once upon a time, a storyteller (the Maggid of Dubnow) was walking along a road when he saw the most amazing sight. There was a barn, and on the barn was a bull’s-eye target. Arrows protruded from the target. Every one of them had hit the bull’s-eye. And standing next to them, with a bow and an empty quiver, was a teenager, no more than fourteen.
“Young man!” the storyteller called out. “How did you manage to hit the bull’s-eye every time?”
“Oh, it was easy,” the teenager replied. “I shot the arrows first, then I painted the circles around them.”
“And that,” the storyteller told a friend later, “is exactly what I do with my stories. I learn to tell them first, and later I find the occasion to tell them.”
Don’t wait for the next time you’re putting together a newsletter or a funding appeal to think about what stories to tell. Put some stories in your quiver. Lean how to aim them. Then, find the right targets.
Tony Martignetti says
Very good advice!
Dennis Fischman says
Thanks, Tony. I’ve been following the rabbi’s advice all my life, and I’ve heard many great stories that way.
I just signed up to get notices about your nonprofit radio show. Hoping to hear more stories there that are useful and inspiring. Thanks for producing it!