The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

by Tim Elmore 

Storytelling, to a degree, can provide instruction closer to a real-life experience than a didactic lecture full of statistics. Here are some simple suggestions on how to capitalize on storytelling as you teach or lead students….

If you have your ear to the ground at all these days, you’ve heard of the significance of stories among students. Narrative has replaced so many forms of argument and persuasion. I wonder, however, if you’ve ever discovered why? Further, have you read how telling stories actually cultivates empathy in students?

A new neuroscience study may explain why telling stories builds empathy and why, when you tell a good one, people act as if they’re watching it unfold before them.