When I look for the next book to read, I’m looking to see how it can help me improve in life, you know, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
I want to be the best I can be and sometimes you can’t rely on someone telling you but you have to find it for yourself and one of the best ways of doing that is by reading.
Now, before I get into my book review, I want to let you know that this is only my opinion. After my personal review, this book may or may not be for you but the second reason for this review is to allow you to know what this book was all about...in a nutshell before potentially purchasing it.
Stories That Stick by Kindra Hall was first off very long but very informative. If you’re not used to reading long chapters, you may want to hold off on this book, unless this is something within your field of interest.
Before I purchased this book, there was a lot of hype about it. This is another book I heard about from Mattie James (@themattiejames). She really raved about how great this book was and what I didn’t really know before purchasing the book was that it’s truly a business book. So let me just stop right here because if you’re not interested in becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business, moving up in the corporate world, preparing for an interview, or anything in these categories, this book is not for you.
Now, if you do fit into any of these categories, please get this book.
I will say, the beginning of the book starts off great but once getting to the middle (4th, 5th, and 6th chapters), it’s a snooze fest and Kindra even says that at this point, you will want to skip this section but it’s imperative that you don’t. I was almost one of them but I didn’t. I know I can potentially miss a few small nuggets that will probably stick with me for the long run...and there are a few.
For me personally, as someone who’s new to the Content Creator scene, Chapters 7-10 were impactful. Kindra tells you how important storytelling is. In any part of business, there needs to be a story being told by either you, the creator or your customers. There needs to be different types of stories being told at certain times, depending on the audience and what kind of event is taking place.
I don’t know if I told you this before but the way I grab my audience’s attention is by storytelling and at the time I hadn’t read the book and I didn’t know I was doing it. I was just telling my story because I didn’t have an up-to-date wardrobe. Storytelling allowed my audience to resonate with me and I with them...and it still does. It allows them to know that I am human and without telling my entire life story, I’m allowing them into my life little by little by being vulnerable.
Yes, it’s great to add followers but those followers are people, they’re not numbers. So I want to be able to treat them as such. I want to make sure I stay connected to them and keep hold of why they decided to follow me in the first place. This is also a reason why you shouldn’t forget your “Why.”
In all of this, the last chapter, chapter 10 talks about the importance of telling your story. Once upon a time, I didn’t think my story mattered. I didn’t think I had anything in my life to talk about that others would be able to relate to but the more I told my story (situations that go on in my everyday life), the more people were able to relate.
So if you want to learn more about yourself as well as your audience/followers, don’t be shy to tell your story. You have more to say and there are people wanting to listen than you ever imagined.
I hope this was helpful. Happy reading!