Can you tell a story or a joke? Your ability to tell a joke or a story can mean success or failure! Parties are dependent on that individual that keeps the energy or that certain verve going at a party. You know that person, you like being around him or her because they enjoy life, they are positive, and you are listening to them. Would you like to be that person? Is that you?
If not, learn how to tell a good story or tell a good joke! Why is that important? Do you think it is only important to be funny at a party? When you interview, you are telling your story to persuade an employer that you are the right candidate for that elusive high paying career. Do you think it is only used when you interview? Absolutely, not! When you get that million dollar idea and you need a banker or venture capitalist to loan you money, you better have a great story. They call that a Business Plan!
Telling a joke or a story is not just for parties, interviews or business plans! It helps us make and keep friends. It is part of conversation! Do think it is only for sales people? You know those sales people with the ready joke or story that draws you to them. These are the same people that are trying to sell you insurance, a new car, or a home. They use stories and joke as part of their personality so you will like them. If you like them, you will buy from them. Telling a story or a joke is part of your personality.
Personality, what is it? Personality is the visible aspect of one’s character as it impresses others. Telling a good story or a joke is an expression of your character. You may want to drop the racist or dirty jokes because it reflects on your character! Does your personality draw people to you? Do people enjoy being with you? Are you boring, complaining or just negative? These are all traits that keep people from getting to know you. Are you trying to isolate yourself? No one likes to be with someone who is negative!
How do you get a personality people like? Be positive and upbeat! Learn how to tell your story and you will be able to tell stories. Not everyone can tell a joke; otherwise everyone could easily be a standup comic. You can become an interesting person by reading a lot and sharing that information in an interesting way. Did you ever wonder in school why it was so important to read all those books, magazines and newspapers? It was to give your mind a little exercise so you could think. Yes, trivia helps you in a conversation!
I bet you never thought all that stuff you read in school would ever come up again! Maybe you forgot that you are a product of your experiences. Your experience shapes you! Think about the generation who grew up during the depression. Do you think that experience affected them for generations? Absolutely! They struggled with the difficulties of the depression and how it affected their finances. The recent financial crisis has changed people’s view on debt, savings and their spending habits. We see how long lasting the effect of this crisis on society in the future. It is sort of tough to be positive and optimistic when you are having difficulties.
Successful people are positive, interesting, and optimistic! What are you? Start today to become more accomplished and read more. Learn how to tell a good story or a good joke. Remember, no one likes to be around negative and complaining people! Smile more, say hello and be pleasant. It is not hard! Changing your behavior is difficult; however you can make small changes. You will be surprised how you will attract other positive and optimistic people to you. Success is around the corner and it can be just a story away. Can you tell a story or a joke?
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