Storytelling is important in that it reaches people on a more emotional level. It’s not just about the story itself, but how you’re telling it. Your personality can shine through, even on a corporate blog, and make you feel like you’re talking to a friend or colleague. It can make you/your brand seem more relatable, trustworthy, and real. It’s a great strategy to help you reach new followers and ultimately grow your business.
With that said, I have to admit I struggle with the idea of sharing my personal story from a business point of view. I do understand the value of a story (your story), and writing about your particular experiences so that people can connect on a deeper level, but I find it difficult to merge my personal experiences with business – I’ve always been a private person when it comes to my career, and don’t necessarily want people to know my story… and frankly, I don’t think they need to know. Glimpses, perhaps, but not my story.
However, what I will continue to work on is developing my unique voice – my own personal writing style – by weaving my personality into the tone of my professional writing, and being as organic and authentic as I can!