Yesterday, I had the honor of being the keynote presenter for the National Ad2 Mid-year Retreat in Phoenix. Instead of speaking, I chose to share a remarkable story with the young advertising pros to underscore how powerful “Story” is in our craft.
Then I challenged them to write their own personal story, and to focus on what truly great things they would like to accomplish. And when I say “Great,” I mean something out-of-this-world that is bigger than themselves. All compelling protagonists, “You!”, want to achieve something grand. But you’re going to have to go through hell to get it.
The essence of story is revaled in what tests your character, and those who help you along the way. I believe the sooner you begin crafting and telling your own story, the more powerful a storyteller you will become for your agency and your clients.
The true story of a long-deceased fighter pilot who answers a prayer from his daughter following 9/11 in the most miraculous and tangible way.
What does this have to do with advertising? Read the story (be sure to click on the presenter notes for the script) and you’ll find out.
Following my presentation, I gave the crowd this StorytellingWorksheet to help them craft and tell their stories. Then I challenged them to post their stories below in the comments. Congratulations in advance to those of you with the industry and guts to share your story with the world. Believe me, it’s the only way you’re going to change it for the better.
If you got the strength, download the Storytelling Worksheet, (Here are the brief instructions) fill it out, and share YOUR story below. Then, see where it takes you.