Our life stories are often used as a way to shape how we present ourselves to the world.
But, the stories we tell others about our life rarely have utility and mostly serve as a way to course correct how we are being perceived.
Instead of one-way narration, we should focus on engaging in a two-way conversation.
This means being present and actively listening to others, rather than just waiting for a chance to chirp.
Asking open-ended questions encourages others to share their own stories and shows them that you're curious.
We should reduce the narcissistic storytelling and only share our own experiences in a way that invites others to connect with us, rather than just trying to impress them.
If we're a hero in the stories we tell others, we better be the hero in our self-talk.
If you want to build deeper connections try these tips:
- Trade narration for conversation.
- Listen actively and ask questions that you genuinely want answers to.
- Don't overshare or embellish more than necessary.