It’s no secret that people love books. Books have the power to move you, teach you, inspire you, grip you, and make you laugh and cry. So, what is it that is so powerful about books? With the popularity of ebooks, we know it isn’t just the feel of the pages turning in your hands. No, what is so powerful about books is what they contain: story. Story is a powerful tool that connects people to each other in a marvelous and mysterious way. Whether they are big, small, funny, sad, instructive, or silly, we all have stories to tell.
Check out the following overview of the YouLead materials in the Power of Story Issue:
PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: How can this happen every single week? Work commitments always seem to be in overdrive. But don’t allow that to interfere with the investment you make in yourself as a leader.
Book Preview: To Be Told by Dan Allender
One of the most important things about leading a ministry is actually just being you. Be real. Find ways to relate to your few without compromising who you really are. One of the ways you can be real is by telling them your own personal story. In fact, Dan Allender argues that part of co-authoring your future with God is telling others about your story. It’s more important for people to see a real, live person that is still growing, learning, and trying to live out life in an authentic way.
Podcast: Donald Miller
Donald Miller is a best selling author and is the founding director of Storyline, an organization that helps people live better stories.
Real World: Ed’s Story
The last thing that anyone wants to hear is that they are dying. After Ed Dobson grieved the news that he had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), he decided to use his story to help others. Ed challenges us to make the most of the limited time with our family and friends, and live in such a way that our legacy will reflect a heart that is following after God.
Real World: Commercials
Leveraging someone’s emotions is one of the most effective ways to sell a product. When you carry a cup of Starbucks coffee into a meeting, for some reason you feel good about yourself. Starbucks knows this. Advertisers understand this as well. In the past few years, several story-driven ad campaigns have dropped into the market. They have a lot to teach us about how we can leverage story to cast vision and move people to action.
TEAM LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Whether you’re leading a large staff, a few people, or you’re trying to lead up to your senior leadership, we’ve got something for you. We’re including another book preview with this portion of YouLead because we felt it would be a great tool to reinforce this month’s topic.
Book Preview: Resonate by Nancy Duarte
Nancy Duarte is considered by many, a communications expert. She understands the power of words and that presenting visual stories can transform audiences. Backed with research and case studies, Duarte shares how to be a better storyteller in her book, Resonate.
Podcast: Bob Goff
Bob Goff is author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda and India. Bob certainly has some amazing stories to tell and inspires others to get to the “do” part of life.
Real World: Blurb
Eileen Gittins had a story to tell. She knew there must be many other people out there who would love the opportunity to publish their own photographs and stories in a beautiful way that didn’t break the bank. So, she founded Blurb. Blurb is a creative publishing platform that allows anyone to design their own book for high-quality printing or ebook publishing on an on-demand basis, meaning you can print as many or as few as you want at a time.
Weekly Emails: Now that you have a plan to invest in your own leadership skills, why not make a plan to do some investing in your volunteers? Not like giving away big, fat bonus checks. We have a way to invest in your volunteers for free! We’re going to make it really simple to become more intentional with your volunteer communication via some good-looking emails (if we do say so ourselves). We’ll even do the writing for you. Plus, you can even add your own words of wisdom to the messages.