Reminder — For the next 12 weeks, I’m:
- Sharing my Instagram storytelling secrets with you.
- Giving you 12 Instagram Story-Writing Prompts.
- And training you to tell better stories.
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 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:
Yesterday, I spent an un-Autumn-like amount of money on clothes.
I think I caught back-to-school shopping fever.
And that NEVER happens to me.
I specifically avoid that August tradition because of the mom’s & dad’s traipsing around a store. Buying a year’s worth of school clothes. In 3 hours. With their 2.7 children in tow.
It reminds me of school shopping when I was a kid.
I’d wander around Ames Department Store with my mom, grandma, and 3 siblings. (Flipping through the clothing racks, groaning about not being able to find extra long jeans.)
Halfway through the store, I’d find myself at the jewelry counter. (Daydreaming about spending my school shopping money on rose gold dolphin rings.)
Eventually, I’d catch back up with my family. (Throwing 5 plaid long sleeve shirts, 5 pairs of regular length jeans, and 1 pair of sneakers into the cart.)
And we’d head to the checkout. (Grandma always went in front of us to give the cashier her senior citizen discount card, so we could get a hella deal on our clothes.)
But yesterday while I was shopping and gently reminded of my back-to-school shopping tradition, I realized I spent the same amount of money at each store.
Then I realized I used my business debit card and almost freaked out. (I can write off clothes as a business expense, right?)
I think my business is trying to tell me it wants its own back-to-school tradition.
But what is the Universe trying to tell me about the number 9282?
Here’s the dissection:
Behind the scenes business activity or situation — Me thinking my business wants its own back-to-school tradition.
Details — My back-to-school shopping tradition.
Emotions — Unintentionally spending the same amount of money at each store.
Drama — Wondering what the Universe trying to tell me about the number 9282.
Here’s your prompt:
Behind the scenes business activity or situation — Share one of your business traditions.
Details — What influenced you to come up with this business tradition?
Emotions — How do feel about this business tradition?
Drama — Has anything out of the ordinary happened that reminded you of your business tradition?
Now it’s your turn:
- Fill out the prompt.
- Snap a picture.
- And share your story on Instagram.
P.S. Feeling extra share-y? Tag me on Instagram. I promise to love & comment on your post. Because I know it’ll be storytelling gold.
P.P.S. Wanna see what business small talk other people are spinning into storytelling gold and give them some love? Use the hashtag #grumpyprompts
P.P.P.S. Next week, I’m refocusing these prompts. Stay tuned to discover the new topic.