Whether it’s at a networking event, an interview or just in the office when someone new has started, you’re bound to be asked or ask variation of the question; “What’s your story?’
- At a networking event it’s “So, what do you do?”
- At an interview it’s “Tell us about yourself…”
- When speaking to a new colleague it’s “What were you doing before this?”
Personally, I really enjoy hearing others stories and how they interpret the question. Some people start to tell you about the job they do and why it’s important. Others will tell you about their journey to where they currently are. And for some it’s about listing their achievements.
It is currently National Storytelling Week and it got me thinking about the stories we tell about ourselves. People often aren’t sure what they should say to any version of the question. And I wonder if people are thinking too hard about it and therefore overcomplicating it all. Ultimately the question is an icebreaker of sorts and you want it to lead into a conversation. So the answer doesn’t have to be complicated or be the right answer for the person asking the question. The answer needs to be the right answer for you, after all it is YOUR story! If you then need to explain even further – that’s the beginning of your conversation. 🙂
I like to ask variations of the “What’s your story?’ question when I’m talking to people. They tend to put people at a bit more ease and get them talking about things they like or in some cases love! Here are some of the alternative questions I ask:
- What are you passionate about?
- If you had no obligation in the world what would you do with your time?
- What’s been the best part of your week/weekend so far?
- What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt recently?
Do you have any alternatives to the “What’s your story?’ question? I’d love to hear some other suggestions so feel free to share in the comments below. If you are struggling to figure out to share your story, let’s talk and see how I can help you! 🙂
Good luck and keep going, I know in the end you’ll be fine!