The best part about the Olympics is the stories. I love the personal stories of the athletes. It captures my attention and gives me more reason to watch the actual competition.
The athletic feats are indeed spectacular, but having never been (nor close) to becoming an Olympian, I can only marvel at the athleticism, precision and technique…but I can’t really relate to the athletic side of these superstars having never been one myself.
The stories, however, are different. They do make these superhumans more real and more tangible.
The stories are compelling, the sports are entertaining.
“Up Close and Personal”
ABC, from the genius of Roone Arledge, created the “Up Close and Personal” segments in the 1970’s. These segments quickly became popular as we learned the human side of the Olympic athletes. We learned about the personal journey, their trials and tribulations, the sacrifice…we learned that they, too, are just people.
The series is credited for turning the Olympics into Prime Time “must see” TV. While not called “Up Close and Personal” on rival networks, the personalization of the athletes persists to these summer games.
Telling the personal stories of the athletes compels us to watch and learn more. It gives us relevance as to who these athletes are as people and makes the outcome of the games more relevant as we are now cheering for individuals having how learned their “story.”
We want them to win.
Importance of A Story
A story starts a relationship. We learn about each other and how we compare human to human. We learn more about how we are similar than how we are different.
Stories are much easier to be repeated. Retelling including personal facts is more compelling than repeating the athletic achievments or professional accomplishments (in the case of a doctor) because, again, we can’t relate to being an Olympic athlete nor can patients relate to the achievements of a doctor.
Writing for Your Blog
Tell your story somewhere on your website. The best place is to create an “About Me” page listing your credentials as a person…not your achievments as a doctor.
The more transparent your writing, the more compelling the story, that is, the more you reveal of yourself, the more interesting the story.
Suggestions include your hobbies, your goal with your medical practice, the type of medicine you practice, what makes you a great doctor, what makes you a great person, etc.
For the next two weeks, as you watch teh games on NBC, look for the stories. Realize the powerful draw for you personally…then emulate on your website.
It’s a powerful tool. Showing that you are a person first and a doctor second. Reach out to your patients as a person…