RW Power Series
“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”
- Sylvester Stallone, actor
My son began playing football in the second grade. During those little league years, they played both sides of the ball. (Offense and Defense) I even helped coach for several years. He played football in middle school, high school, and ultimately received a scholarship to play in college. He graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis Indiana. Chris had always dreamed of playing professional football. As a matter of fact, there were a couple of agents that wanted him to use their services. Chris chose Anthony W. Simpson to represent him.
It was exciting for his mom and I to be included in the process. Through his agent; talks began with the Washington Redskins and even a brief conversation with the Indianapolis Colts. As it turned out Chris was not signed by the NFL. He did, however, sign a contract to play professionally for the Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football League! The Barnstormers offered him a contract to play in the final 2 weeks of the 2011 season.
The rest of this story was exciting, fun and down right incredible! "They Call Me Pops" will be released in a few short weeks!
Rod the Storyteller
Storytelling requires that we go deep inside of our hearts, our minds and our souls; once there we simply need to use the power within and boldly share our stories.
In other words, simply tell the story that is in your heart and it will be heard by many.
Continuing the series on my favorite quotes, I will give you valuable information designed to help you succeed; no matter your field or endeavor.
I will be writing a series of my favorite quotes and many of them will of course include the benefits of storytelling. Some of the tips/quotes will come from my latest book "Sales Secrets of the Left Eye" and some will come from my Power of Story workshop! Please enjoy the short story below!
Why Tell Stories?
“But silence is not a natural environment for stories.
They need words. Without them they grow pale, sicken and die. And then they
? Diane Setterfield, “The Thirteenth Tale”
e tell stories because facts tell but stories sell. We tell stories because we are public speakers or we give presentations in our careers. Negotiations, Networking and Interviewing are all areas where well placed storytelling will pay dividends.
Storytelling has health benefits; Neurotransmitters - Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins. Do you know how when listening to an excellent speaker, you sometimes get goose bumps? What you are experiencing is a chemical reaction to the commentary. Everyone has an opportunity to add value to others, and sharing our stories is a perfect way to do so.
If the reasons above are not enough, please consider how every story carries with it a seed of relationship building. When we share stories the listener(s) will always have a relational experience. As an example, think of the last story that you heard a speaker tell. You listened and then you thought, “Yeah that happened to me!” (Or someone you know). Check out these two stories in Chapter one...
The first story is from a gentleman recalling a teacher who had a profound effect on his life. The next story is from a young lady recalling her experience on 9/11. Both stories are emotional and inspirational. Read along, and you will relate to those special influences in your own life. You will begin to understand the importance of adding value to others through your own stories!