There's a reason why storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication in the world. It's because stories can help us understand our feelings and the feelings of others in a way that nothing else can. In this blog post, we'll explore how caregivers and parents can use storytelling to help men in their lives get in touch with their feelings. We'll also share some tips for telling effective stories. So, if you're looking for a way to connect with the men in your life on a deeper level, keep reading!
Connecting with Men Using Storytelling
Have you ever used different activities or prompts for the men and women you care for? Often we ask men and women the same questions in the same way. Most of the time it might not matter. But thinking through how someone perceives the world can help you ask better questions and ask questions, better.
When it comes to men, we often see them as strong and independent. They are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers, after all. So when we are looking for help or advice, it can be easy to forget that they need guidance too. One way to show the men in your life that you care is by using storytelling. This can help them feel connected to you and also give them a better understanding of themselves.
When you use stories to connect with men, you are showing them that they are not alone in this world. You are also helping them to see themselves in a new light and understand their own experiences in a new way. Ultimately, this can help the men in your life feel more connected, supported, and understood.
Help a Man in Your Life by Asking About Their Feelings
I’ve found in my work that we can tend to forget to ask men about their feelings, in addition to their accomplishments or what they did for work, for example. I’d like to be a force, along with you, in changing that.
I invite you to think about how you can incorporate more questions and activities you may have deemed more appropriate for the women you work with into your caregiving of the men around you too. It’s my hope that the resources below will help with this!
Things to read, listen to, or watch
- Watch – How to Start Hard Conversations
- Listen to – 4 Ways to Start a Conversation
A Resource to Check Out – Get His Story Challenge
More than ever the men in our lives our feeling isolated and alone. A unique way we can get them feeling connected and engaged, is creating a Get His Story Challenge with him.
This challenge comes with templates and worksheets and is the missing piece to help you work with a man you love to hear his story and create a keepsake worth saving and sharing.
You are the catalyst and the inspiration for him to share his story.
Storytelling Activity I’m Loving
In the spirit of talking about feelings, I love asking people about a time they really felt loved. This is such a fun prompt that will make almost everyone smile.
From small moments of kindness to big acts of care and relationships that run deep, we have all felt love in some way before, try getting your storyteller to share theirs using these prompts:
- When was a time you really felt loved?
- Who made you feel this way?
- What did they do that made you feel this way?
- Did this happen many times?
- When is a time you think you made someone else feel loved?
These prompts will hopefully spark some heart-warming conversations you can all enjoy!
Check out the Legacy Recorder Community Guide in print, you can get your hands on that here. If you already have a copy, thank you! The 5 Minute Storytelling Scripts mentioned in the podcast episodes can be found here.
All journals can be purchased through Amazon. You can find the currently available ones here. Including a companion journal to the book linked above. The journals are a great way to create a keepsake. You can also order multiple copies to have as a workbook for groups that are looking to work together to tell their stories together.
The Legacy Program & Activities Package is live. This includes worksheets, specific instructions, activity suggestions, and how to execute an engaging storytelling activity. This is a great addition to your activity planning and can make your lift a little easier when it comes to planning engaging programming for the people your care for.
If you find you need more one on one support, you can always book time on Gael's calendar here.