The first telephone book ever issued contained only 50 names. It was published by the New Haven District Telephone Company in 1878. When I write that, it makes me think of simple times. I can almost concoct a story of what it must have felt like to receive a phone book for the first time… with everyone’s telephone number and name who had a phone!
We all like a good story. In fact, good lawyers always remind that the most persuasive case to a jury is a story; not a bunch of legalese that starts with something like “Whereas” or “Wherefore”.
During my opening in a trial, I usually give some basics to start, and then I say, “Now let me tell you the story about this case”. I can physically see an adjustment in people. A good story. It reminds me of my grandmother reading storybook after storybook to me and me exclaiming, “read it again Grammy, read it again”.
Famous writer Ernest Hemingway would instruct writers on telling a good story. Then, he would remind them that it didn’t need to be long or descriptive to be a good story. He then proved his point on storytelling when he managed to tell a complete and heart-wrenching story in just six words: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”
The power of a story.
And for pic o’ day, some more holiday “joy”.
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