Lists are boring, but stories are amazing. I want to challenge you to think about lists and features that everyone else tends to talk about like information. But you pick a story from the list and drill into the person and the passion behind it!
Time released its annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year. You can read about it here: http://time.com/collection/most-influential-people-2018/
If you read the list, you just sound like every other bland monotone voice track in your city. But if you tell stories with characters and verbs, you’ll build compelling discussions with your listeners!
What can you say to challenge, inspire or encourage one of your listeners today? Tell stories. Focus on the character and what they’ve overcome. Think about the setting. Think about the conflict in the story and retell it in your own words! There are some amazingly influential people in your city that live out Christ centered values that you can tell stories about!
As you read through these stories, think about how you can facilitate a dialogue with your listeners.
What makes a person influential to you inspite of the fact that they live their life so differently than you do? (Someone with millions of dollars or lots of Ph.D’s)
How do you influence someone who lives life with drastically different values than you do?
What are some character traits that have actually inspired you to change when you saw them in someone else?
Where does contentment play a role in influence? So often people influence us to change and move. Contentment is being secure and satisfied where you are right now rather than chasing fame/fortune and progress.
When someone has influence over people, we often covet their fame and progress. How do we get past that feeling of covetousness?
Does reading about influential people tend to make you feel less content with your own life?
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