Speak In Generalizations

Stories are meant to be larger than life. Though they may have really happened, you should always change a story in favor of dramatic effect. If you're the main character, try to make you seem like an important figure in the world you're looking to create.

A great way to do this is to speak in generalizations that help make your main character seem more important.

Fir instance, let's say you have a story about how you hit your first home run in little league. Maybe in real life, your parents were the only ones who jumped to their feet and started clapping, but in your story EVERYONE jumped to their feet and started clapping and cheering.

If you have a story about how you just bought a new suit and you look really good in it, maybe in real life no one noticed it was a new suit, but in your story, you should make it a point to say how EVERYONE was checking you out, and you had guys asking who your tailor was, and women asking you out on dates.

See how this works? You're basically building social proof into the stories you tell. Obviously, there's never a moment in time where EVERYONE does the exact same thing, but realize - stories aren't about facts. They're about how you see the world. If you felt like everyone was checking you out, that's how you experienced it (plus, it makes for a better story than just having one or two people notice you!).

Here are a few generalizations to be aware of when telling stories:

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