your stories dont define you
Book Of The Week

Book of the Week – Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will

It’s time to take control of your narrative. No more getting caught up in negative self-talk and personal doubts. How can you break these patterns? You need to uncover the hidden messages you’ve been telling yourself and the impact they’ve had on your behavior. Turn to “Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will: Storytelling to Connect, Persuade, and Entertain” by Sarah Elkins, President and Chief Storymaker of Elkins Consulting Inc. You’ll learn how thoughtful storytelling can help your connect with others and change your career.

More about the book

What internal messages are holding you back? What stories are you sharing that confirm those messages and impact the perceptions of the people around you? By reading “Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will,” you’ll uncover where those messages came from. Discover the patterns they have created in your life, create context around them and shift them to benefit you, your relationships and your career.

Topics include:

  1. Impact of personal narrative on our identity
  2. How our stories impact the perception others have of us
  3. How to shift those damaging internal messages through story sharing
  4. How storytelling can improve your career and professional life

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

This book is especially helpful for women in a life transition stage who know something internal is holding them back. This could be women getting ready to go back to work after raising children, women considering a major career transformation or women experiencing a major event such as empty nesting or divorce.

Thoughts from a reader:

“I could barely put this book down! Sarah created an experience with every story told and each corresponding activity that made me think about the stories I had been telling myself. I felt like I was with her every step of the way on her various journeys around the world. I was delighted by the reflections on the sweet moments in her life and then relished in the simple ways she guided me to consider my own sweet moments. Read this book now! I promise you will be positively changed for the better.” — Heather Younger, best-selling author of The Art of Caring Leadership, 2x TEDx speaker, International Keynote Speaker

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Meet the author

Sarah Elkins is an author, podcast host, storyteller, professional musician, and Gallup-certified StrengthsFinder coach. Her keynotes, workshops and coaching packages with in-person and remote teams and their leaders are known to address and reduce miscommunication—the most common cause of tension and stress in the workplace. Using the team’s results from the StrengthsFinder assessment, she guides conversations to ensure work relationships are based on knowing and valuing each other’s strengths and connecting with each other on the most basic level through story sharing and effective listening. Elkins is your guide to uncovering and sharing the right personal stories so leaders can clearly and effectively demonstrate their values and vision, building an army of walking ambassadors.

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