Stories are an effective way to share values and beliefs. I used to say to my children, ‘you should have done this, or been grateful for that….’ In other words, I was telling them what they should do, how they should feel. It’s immeasurably more effective, and I can attest to this first-hand, that if you share your value/wishes in a story about an event that happened to you and how you handled it and what you learned from it….their behavior will change in the direction you want. But, the change will be more permanent because it wasn’t an instruction but motivated by a story they felt emotionally connected to.
Values in Story to Motivate Change
About the Author: Eva Grayzel
Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has captivated dental professionals worldwide using her story as a catalyst for change. She performed ‘Tongue-Tied’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is the author of ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter.’ In 2017, she created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations.