For the last 4 weeks, I’ve been training you to tell better stories.
But what I’ve secretly been doing is helping you build a strong personal brand.
I’m go-go gadget good at telling stories.
As you know, I spin mundane activities & routine life situations into storytelling gold like Seinfeld.
I make these humdrum stories exciting for my readers by adding…
Good storytelling is why I have a strong personal brand, and it’s an important part of building your own personal brand.
You’re developing a connection factor. (It’s like The X Factor, but I promise I’m nicer than Simon Cowell. Well, probably.)
People love stories. The details and specifics in these stories connect people with your brand.
So I’m refocusing these Instagram prompts from personal stories to business stories and helping you connect people with your brand even more. We’re going behind the scenes of your business to spin storytelling gold. It’s still internet small talk (which I’ve spent years mastering), but now it’s business small talk.
How this Instagram training will work:
- I’ll tell a business small talk story.
- I’ll dissect it.
- I’ll give you a prompt.
You’ll fill in the blanks and spin storytelling gold.
Ready? Here’s my story:
Every weekday, I pull up to my computer at noon and start working.
Ginger jumps on my bed, scratches her blanket as she moves in a half-moon shape, and flops down.
Moose stretches in a downward-facing-dog pose, yawns so big that his tongue rolls out of his mouth, and slowly lowers his butt to the floor.
About 10 minutes into my copy edit session, I press my lips together questioning:
Is this business small talk paragraph a complete thought? And I hear Ginger jump from my bed to the floor.
About 5 minutes after that, I tap my chin wondering:
Does this Inspector Gadget metaphor make sense? And I hear Moose make a heavy sigh.
About 10 minutes after that, I scratch my head thinking:
What’s the right word to describe behind the scenes? And I feel Ginger’s slimy tongue lick my arm.
I shift my eyes from the computer to my dogs. And Moose leaps to a standing position as Ginger spins in a circle. I know it’s time for a break from copy editing.
I don’t need the Pomodoro Technique. I have dogs. And every 25 minutes, they want their heads pet, treats & playtime.
Here’s the dissection:
Behind the scenes business activity or situation — Trying to copy edit.
Details — Common copy editing errors that I look for.
Emotions — Thinking about common copy editing errors while my dogs become impatient.
Drama — My dogs interrupting me as a substitute for the Pomodoro Technique.
Here’s your prompt:
Behind the scenes business activity or situation — Do you have a productivity hack you use?
Details — Give me 3 specifics about this productivity hack.
Emotions — How does that make you (or other people or your pets) feel?
Drama — Does anything happen that’s out of the ordinary? Do you get interrupted or sidetracked? Are you able to make a joke about it?
Now it’s your turn:
- Fill out the prompt.
- Snap a picture.
- And share your story on Instagram.
Feeling extra share-y? Tag me on Instagram. I promise to love & comment on your post. Because I know it’ll be storytelling gold.
Wanna see what business small talk other people are spinning into storytelling gold and give them some love? Use the hashtag #grumpyprompts