We used stories today to write good and then bad examples of community management. Funnily enough, the bad stories were easier to write. I wished i’d used the decibel meter on the iPhone as we were writing, because there was more laughter and hubbub as we wrote the bad ones and i think i could have quantified it!
I wonder why?
I think it’s because you can’t go wrong writing a bad story, so you feel uninhibited in a group, but you can write an unintentionally bad ‘good’ story, so feel a fear of failure or of being judged.
Normally i try to avoid creating bad examples in workshops, because they are often more memorable than the good ones, but this has made me rethink.
Stories are so powerful, helping us establish commonality and share ideas. It’s been a really good day.