Are you a good conversationalist? Do you excel in telling anecdotes?
If so, you may be a bona fide networking raconteur. And if not, you might want to consider becoming one.
From all my years of networking and connecting with people, the greatest tool of all time has been my ability to share and tell stories to others when meeting them.
I’ve never thought of myself as being a raconteur… Have you?
There have always been two kinds of people that exist in the world of networking:
- The ones who tell the story.
- And the ones who buy into it.
Which one are you?
Quite often when I meet people, it’s the same old stuff… Hello. How are you? What do you do?
While there’s always a time and place for simple, straightforward small talk, why not tell a story of something that inspires you, or a story you heard from someone else that inspired you?
People love hearing stories. And people love it when others listen to the stories they are telling.
Storytelling is the conveying of events through words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment.
If you think my idea of telling stories is a good idea, and want to gain a better understanding of it, I’d suggest that you visit the National Storytelling Network. It’s an organization that serves individuals and organizations that use the power of storytelling in all its forms.
Oh by the way, “Raconteur” has been part of the English vocabulary since at least 1828.