According to Harvard Business Review, when we “share the ups and downs of our human experience” that’s when we forge deeper connections. Leaders who tap into their storytelling skills can effectively unite, educate, and communicate their teams.

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Reflect on how to share your story while building rapport

Learning how to share your story while building rapport is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

What is the most impactful story you have heard?

Exercises to help you share your story

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to share your story while building rapport.  

  • Share a story that’s relevant to the current situation. Consider asking yourself: "What’s the moral of my story?” Then, make sure to emphasize the takeaway to your team.
  • Keep your story short and sweet when sharing with your team. Stay between 45 seconds to a minute. Also, use short sentences in the active voice.
  • Incorporate names and specific examples in your story. This will make the story relatable and may inspire your team to open up about their challenges.

Additional resources to help you share your story

This misunderstood trait could make you a better boss
Vulnerability isn’t weakness. It could be exactly what you need to be a more effective leader.
How Leadership Storytelling Helps You Connect With Absolutely Anyone
What sets leaders apart is their ability to connect with anyone at all— even if it seems as though the leaders have nothing in common with them.
To Create a Real Connection, Show Vulnerability
A single honest conversation is better than a hundred trust falls.

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