Professional Writing

How to Tell Your Personal Story

It’s said so often it’s become a cliché: Everyone has a story to tell. It’s true, and yet having a story and being able to tell it are two different things. If you’re interested in how to tell your story in a concise, meaningful, and inspirational way, here’s an approach that might work for you:

Start with the facts

  • When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
  • How did you get from there to where you are today?

Now wrap it in meaning

  • Based on what you’ve been through, what experience do you want others to have?
  • What is your vision for the future?

Just because you’re “experienced” doesn’t always mean you understand what’s happened to you. Taking this approach to telling a personal story can help your colleagues or your team better understand who you are, what you stand for, and where you’re headed.

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