Lesson 7, Topic 1
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Character: Mind Map a Story Copy Copy

Gabe Walker December 19, 2023

Character: People notice those who do what’s right over what’s easy.

Character is a complex word. For our purposes, let’s consider the two main components to be integrity and morality. With integrity, you are being consistent with your thoughts, words, and actions. Add that to a strong moral compass and you give people someone they can trust.

Mind Map Character:

You are going to use the mind mapping technique you learned in Module 2 to create a 30-second anecdote and a 3-minute story to use in facilitating the Character Pillar.


  • Use the mind map method to brainstorm your own stories related to the Character Pillar.
  • Identify your top 2-3 stories.
  • Practice telling these stories and integrate them into the facilitation of the Character Pillar.
  • Save this mind map of story ideas to use in a future training of this pillar.


  • Step 1: Take a piece of paper and write “Character” in the center or use page 63 in the certified guide.
  • Step 2: Spend 15-30 minutes creating your mind map.
  • Step 3: Circle 2-3 of the top stories from your map that you could use in a future training—one short anecdote (30 seconds) and one longer story (3-5 minutes).


  • Cast your brainstorm wide before narrowing down and refining your stories.
  • Stories should never portray yourself as the “hero.”
  • Stories should never be shared with the purpose of gaining emotional reaction.
  • Stories are shared to add value and relevance to the framework.
  • Cut out 80% of the context and jump right into telling your story.

Below is an example of a mind map. If you are having trouble, here are some ideas to help you brainstorm:

  • Expand on different ages: childhood, adolescence, adulthood
  • Expand on different environments: workplace, school, neighborhood
  • Expand on different relationship: family, friends, colleagues
  • How did character help gain trust?
  • How did a lack of character result in a trust being lost?

Once you have completed your stories, “Mark Complete”.

(To revisit the Storytelling and Mind Mapping training, go to Module 2 & watch “Storytelling & Mind Mapping Part 1 & 2” videos)