This article tells how to use stories with "ah-ha" moments. Click here to go to the beginning of one.
If pictures can replace a thousand words what do you do when you do not have a picture to show? Max finds anecdotes, although he admits they are merely words, are a way of creating word pictures that help create “ah-ha” moments where learning is maximized, and impressions are long lasting.
They are excellent at making a point because when the story begins there are typically several paths it could go down before getting to the end. At the last minute the listener or reader still does not typically know they outcome.
Some “ah-ha” stories have been surprising people for over a hundred years when great story tellers like Aesop took words and created a picture called a fable. Although not always with a surprise ending the reader would be offered an application to the story that would get them to think more in-depth about what they heard.
Use stories in your presentations or coaching sessions that create this “ah-ha” moment and your sessions will have a long-lasting impression.
Feel free to personalize a story for an even greater impact. An example would be to replace Sophie or Nancy in “The Hat Boutique” with yourself. Be careful not to do this when the figure is well-renown, such as in “The Book Sale”. This story has more credence when the historical figure of Ben Franklin is left in the story.
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As Aesop established hundreds of years ago with his timeless fables we remember words best when we become engaged in a story. Max has compiled an anecdotal story collection designed to generate “ah- ha” moments during coaching sessions, presentations, and meetings. Click here to see more.