To survive, you have to tell stories

by Karthi

To survive, you have to tell stories
-Umberto Eco

Herminia Ibarrra and Kent Lineback’s research have found that, whenever one is making career shift (due to downsizing, burnout etc) , one way to get the support and convince the new audience is by telling them stories about the transition, narrating reason for making this drastic change, motivation for it. If told as story, it has got great impact. One has to tell the stories with plots, twists, surprises with great narrative. Finally do not fake it and it has to be honest one.

I think, this idea can be applied not only when we do career transitions, but at new tasks that we haven’t done before and we need to get the support from new set of people.