Stories connect people. Even the smallest portion of your story has the power to connect.
3 weeks ago I was conducting leadership training at an Iowa community college.
At break one of the participants asked me where my hometown was. “Columbus, Nebraska!” I said.
Another participant off to my side heard my answer and instantly volunteered, “That’s my hometown too!”
We connected! And so I asked for one more slice of his story, “What did your family do for a living in Columbus?”
“My dad was the head football coach.”
And instantly I knew I was talking to the son of my high school football coach. A man who had played a very important role in my life but whom I had lost contact with.
“What’s he doing now?” I asked, uncertain of what kind of answer I might get.
“Probably playing golf. He lives here in town and is retired.”
That afternoon to my great joy I had coffee with “Coach” – a man I love and had not seen in 38 years.
Stories connect. Even the smallest slice of a story.
Never hesitate to tell yours.
You might just be surprised by the sudden and satisfying connections you make!