Why failures make the best stories

"I can't think of a good story to tell."

Sound familiar? It's a response I get every time I teach storytelling. And my most recent workshop with the Fraser Basin Council was no exception.

The young leaders I was working with were doing incredible work in their communities to tackle climate change. But were caught up in a familiar dilemma – feeling like the only stories worth telling were epics, like how they started a new business that stopped pollution or led a movement to take down big oil.

They couldn't see the value in sharing the small stories, about things they'd done or learned. And they certainly didn't think they should be telling stories about things that went wrong, because it would make them look bad.

So I told them a quick story.