The point is not for someone else to give you your story. Learn to discover the story for yourself. And learn how to tell it. Once you have the tools to tell your own story, you can continue to work on it and adapt it to your communication needs. Stories are not static or algorithmic, they keep going and growing. 

In honor of the various pop culture yearly round-ups that circle around the World Wide Web this time of year, we present to you our favorite stories from 2017. Here's to a fruitful year of stories in 2018. We're back at Shot Tower Coffee on Wednesday, January 17th for a live storytelling event on the theme Renewal

I go to an exercise studio on the 4th floor of an office building. The lobby is tiny with not too much foot traffic. The elevators are slow and I usually have a good five minutes of waiting for one to arrive. Peter is the front desk associate. He’s in his 50’s or 60s and is always smiling and says “Hi, how are you today?” In most situations, this questions prompts my launch into a story of how my day has actually been and then inviting a story a return.