I can't stop looking at this picture of my mother when she was 16. You may be wondering why I would write a blog about my mom. Is it because I am showing off how stunning she was?
Maybe a little.
But, that's not really it.
It's really about understanding people's stories.
You see, when I'm hired by corporate and association markets to inspire audiences and teach them communication skills to reduce conflict in the workplace, one of my 'last resort' techniques is to make up a story about someone's childhood. This helps people have more empathy, patience and understanding with others (especially difficult people) when you don't have the opportunity to find out who they really are and what there real story is.
What this picture did for me was to ask my mom, when and where was this photo taken? What's the story?
She told me she was on one of her first dates with my dad. She pose this way because of the part of the sign that says 'don't miss it', which cracked her up. And oh yes, she made the dress. I just think this story speaks volumes about a time so long ago, about her time. Now I know a little bit more of my mom and how playful and fun she was (and still is). This picture makes me to want to know more about her real story – and THAT is the point of my blog. Who do you want to know more about? Who do you want to have a deeper than usual conversation with to find out a little bit more about why they are who they are today?
What a gift it is that I sitll have both of my parents that I can have these precious conversations.
From your excited to know more of the story motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman