Frequently Asked Questions
I have a story idea but I don’t know if it’s a good fit for the project. How do I find out?
Almost any story that you feel contains a theme around a personal or professional challenge that you’ve encountered or observed could be a great fit for the project. Sometimes, what you might need to do is to reframe the story. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get some perspective on your story idea and see if reframing the story will help to align it with the Personal Leadership Journeys project.
I don’t have a story idea yet but I would really like to contribute to the project. How can I still contribute?
When you look back at your life to date and think about the moments where you had a major emotional response to an event, it can be a great way to come up with ideas for stories that can inspire and motivate others. You can try a few exercises to help this part of the creative process, like thinking about your three proudest moments at work or as a parent. Or think about your most profound failure as a professional and how you recovered. Think about a person or conversation that shaped you. Every one of us has had experiences that have developed us and can become the seed of a great story. E-mail email@example.com to talk through some exercises to get you to that “seed” and also help to shape the arc of some potential stories.
I have so many story ideas that I don’t know where to start! How do I shape my story into something that will work with the project?
There are a number of things you can do to move forward. The first is, pick one of your story ideas and start working on it, and remember that you can always come back to those other stories as needed. Then, when you take a look at the story of your choice, think about the chronology of the story. Did this story unfold over minutes, weeks, or years? Did this story include interesting or pivotal conversation? Who was involved in the story and what were their motivations? How did you feel as the story moved forward, and what did you observe? Think about the tangible details you remember--the environment around you, the vibe of other people you interacted with, anything you can include to help give context and a visual palette for people to get immersed in your words. And, finally, what was at stake? Why is this story important to you, and why would it be to others? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to help you discover the structure and details of your story.
I feel like the story itself is ready to go--how do I prepare myself to speak on camera?
Hopefully, this will reassure you: there is no right or wrong way to tell a story. What we have found is that the most important component in your delivery is your authenticity. When stories are delivered from the heart, and the audience is allowed to see your emotions, it builds a strong feeling of connection. When you deliver the story for this project, the most important preparation is to feel comfortable and be yourself.