Leveraging professional development storytelling skills moves you beyond simply fielding interview questions. Or, trying to survive the next team meeting. This behavior is not storytelling. Rather, you are using well-developed skills in response to question-and-answer workplace scenarios. Experiences that are tactical, rather than connected to a bigger workplace vision.
Let’s demystify the storytelling skills which impact to your professional development trajectory.
First, your professional development storytelling skills actually are part of your own professional story: your own bigger picture.
Do you have a professional bigger picture? Your bigger picture is more than the current list of job-related KPIs you are obligated to fulfill. Instead, your professional development story is more like your professional vision. Based on your personal and professional experiences, which you have translated into your own stories. You understand the significance and impact of your experiences, and how they influence the values, behaviors and mindset you bring to the workplace.
Next, your bigger picture story is not a chronological listing of how you earned your professional titles, certifications and academic degrees.
You know, all the stuff that appears on your resume. All that stuff, in and of itself, does not tell your entire professional story. Because lots of other people have the same chronologically-based list as the basis of their professional resumes, too. In addition, that story does not hinge on the point in your life when, where, why and how you decided to pursue all those titles, certifications and degrees, either. Otherwise, the story you tell starts and stops with your titles, certs and degrees. What do you expect people to do with this information?
And then what happens? When your professional development storytelling skills deep dive into the dirty, messy, inconvenient aspects of your professional trajectory.
Compelling professional development storytelling skills leverage stories about when you are not at your best. Far from perfect. When the story is less than linear, and involves hard calls and professional detours. These are the stories your leaders, partners and clients want to hear. Because they have the same stories to share with you.
Professional development storytelling is about less-than fairy tale stories, involving courage and critical thinking skills. About what happens behind the scenes to make everyone professionally successful, while creating enduring and innovative client-focused outcomes.
Are you ready to start telling courageous, compelling stories? Stories which impact your professional development trajectory? Then take these next steps. Move one millimeter forward. Develop One Millimeter Mindset™. Let’s get to where you need to go. Together.
Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset® Storytelling Speaking Programs leverage storytelling for STEM professionals and left brain thinkers to catalyze employee and client success and retention. Especially in digitally transforming industries with STEM and left-brain stakeholders. Her playbook of cross-discipline communication tools, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com. Contact Babette here.
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