I had a coworker come inside shaking their head yesterday.
“So what happened?” The obvious question spilled off my tongue.
The story that followed explained her behavior, but what explains my question?
Simply? Reflex. I saw something amiss and I wanted to be told a story of how things came to be this way.
It was automatic. I didn’t ponder the best way to have the information conveyed, or hand her a couple of bullet points to figure out.
I think most information voids are best filled with a story. My most memorable college lectures were vivid stories laced with the requisite factoid-deliverables I needed for the test. Granted, the stories have to be relevant to the information we are curious to learn (I had some professors who liked to talk about their kids’ careers – not relevant or memorable, just boring).
My coworker’s tale yesterday sated my curiosity, but today another coworker heaved a big sigh in the office next to me.
“So, what happened?”
I had to ask.