Why Storytellers Get the Job They Want | ExperienceWorks by Frank Traditi
Published: May 06 2015
Garrison Keillor, the creator and host of the popular radio show, Prairie Home Companion, is one of the best storytellers of our time. His wit and wisdom gets us every time we listen to him. He has an uncanny ability to create an emotional bond that just draws us in and we crave to hear more.
Why is he so successful? Because people love to hear stories. Stories that are funny, sad, exciting, dangerous -- you name it -- you can create an instant relationship with someone if you can tell a convincing story. That's exactly what he does when talks about the "News from Lake Wobegon".
Here's why the fine art of storytelling can be a powerful tool in your quest to find a job. You are probably aware by now that companies hire you based on your ability to demonstrate what you can do for them and how you can solve their problems. While a hiring manager expects you to have all of the functional skills necessary for the job, they are much more interested in how you can use your special abilities to handle the challenges given to you if you were in the job. The big question is how do you demonstrate this ability in an interview when they haven't seen you at work yet?