Marion Abrams wants to inspire you to tell your story with confidence, so you can discover the people who will most likely benefit from your gifts.
She has more than 30 years of storytelling experience as a seasoned journalist, videographer, podcast producer and storytelling coach.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- How we convey so much more information with body language beyond our words.
- Build trust by getting vulnerable.
- Get better at your story by telling it over and over again.
- Plans prepare you for the unexpected.
- How Marion has created work she loves by getting clear on her own story.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Tell your story.
- Build community.
How Marion Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: Usually with the sun so anywhere from 5:30 am to 7:00 am, depending on the season.
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Constant research on her industry and clients. 2) Dealing with the financial stuff. 3) Keeping her work schedule responsive to her moods when possible.
- Ideal work environment: Depending on the work, sometimes it has to be at her desk with the proper equipment, but other times it could be quiet time in the morning with a journal or outdoor time while she’s running and coming up with ideas.
“The biggest predictor of human longevity is how many relationships they have.”
“Different people do use different language to say the same kinds of things.”
“There was nobody that was gonna hire me to do what I wanted to do, where I wanted to do it, and so I created it myself.”
“The voice that was telling me to keep my word was a little bit louder than the voice that was telling me, ‘be quiet, nobody really cares.'”
“You can tell a story which is true and authentically you, without giving away everything.”
Struggling to tell your story with confidence? Marion suggests these first steps:
1) Tell your friends or family, and maybe even record it, to start getting used to talking about what you do.
2) You’ll probably need different types of feedback at different stages of the process so be careful about how you ask for and respond to feedback.
3) Understand that it’s not you, being on camera or being on the mic is a skill, not a personality trait.