What advice does a left-handed, color-blind, chocolate-loving storyteller give to writers?

If you are telling a perfect, flawless story, then “you have no story,” Michael Margolis says.

Michael is the founder and CEO of Get Storied, a global storytelling company that helps professionals of the world tell their stories to do more of the world they love.

In this interview, Michael shares how every writer can use the power of human storytelling to do more of the work they love. Storytelling can help you find your readers and also serve others who need to experience your experiences through your story.

The interview free to stream, so tune in to listen below!

Listen: Story is Your Currency

As You Listen…

  1. What is the current story you’re (even subconsciously) telling others? What are you telling yourself?
  2. Stories come from overcoming obstacles. What riddles are you trying to solve as a writer?
  3. Are you sharing enough vulnerability in your story to allow others to connect to you and through you?

Listening Guide

03:38 – Michael shares how he started his journey with storytelling
11:54 – Storytelling can be challenging when you are an independent creative because your story is your ultimate currency
13:23 – The hardest story to tell is always our own.
14:17 – Your greatest source of untapped power is that part of your story that’s unreconciled
18:31 – You don’t need to have the answers. Your story doesn’t need to be complete. Just get clear and articulate what you are most curious about
25:00 – Michael talks about the importance of your origin story
28:25 – You don’t have a story unless you’re not overcoming obstacles
29:11 – Telling your story from a very egoic place, from the vantage point of a victim, turns people off.
31:59 – “Share your vulnerabilities.” If you tell a perfect story, you have no story.
39:40 – Michael discusses the power of reinterpreting our own life story
46:29 – Dave talks about why it’s important to detach ourselves from your story
51:46 – Own your experience. Always bring back your story to yourself rather than blame other characters
56:30 – People want to locate themselves in your story