Picture the following situation: you’re rolling along in your car, tunes cranked up, on your way to work. The weather is fine, you’ve had your morning cup of coffee, and it’s shaping up to be a pretty great day. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, it happens: taillights upon taillights, cars waiting to be able to move, brakes making all manner of noises they shouldn’t, and the inevitable, incessant beeping of car horns. This cacophony, coupled with the unforeseen delay in your journey, marks the kind of teeth-gnashing gridlock every driver wants to avoid. And you’re stuck smack-dab in the middle
“Close your eyes. Take a deep, cleansing breath, slowly. Try to focus on your breathing.” The NoVA women and I are seated at tables in a semiprivate room with gold, green, and bronze décor, but nobody is paying attention to that. The speaker intones, calmly: “Now, think of a time you felt like a million dollars—a wonderful, positive memory, a time you felt like nothing could go wrong, that you were on top of the world… How do you feel, remembering that? How does your body feel?” Contrary to what one might think, this isn’t a yoga session or guided meditation, nor are
You know the feeling: the mid-afternoon rush of to-do’s is winding down, your lunch is wearing off, and you’re ready to check out… but the clock staring at you clearly says 3:37. Wait… it’s not even four yet? Things were fine until you looked at that second hand ticking away. You managed to get up and at ‘em as the sun rose, you had a cup or two of joe, you’ve been knocking out assignments left and right — an email to a client here, a voicemail there, and so on. So what’s with this sudden slump? And more importantly, what
As Jean-Luc Godard once put it, “A story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” This was one of the nuggets of wisdom Jessica Piscitelli Robinson threw our way during her presentation at our August monthly luncheon, as well as some great examples of how story structures in general serve different purposes in the business world. Her workshop specifically focused on the crafting and delivery of the Origin Story, but we also covered such structures as the Mission Story (used commonly by, for example, nonprofits or charities); the About Us/About Me Story