Stories have power. In my many roles as parent, therapist, teacher, and public speaker, I have long known that the secret to engaging an audience and communicating purpose is through illustration: storytelling.
I see it in the eyes of my three and four-year old granddaughters who beg to hear a tale again and again, stopping to ask why and question all the different parts.
I have seen it in the eyes of the wounded trying to make sense of their past: the craving for a story that gives them validation.
I see it in the eyes students, when recognition and understanding light up.
I’ve seen it in the eyes of audiences, who tear up or laugh in the telling of a relevant tale.
No one explains the power of story better than Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story. Author of Americanah, Adichie is an important literary voice.