I am a part of a group called the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, and we are collecting stories from people who have successfully navigated workplace bullying. We are seeking true stories from people who were bullied at work, and who have successfully overcome the challenges this traumatic experience brings.
We are looking for true stories about your extraordinary experience with workplace bullying and how you navigated and ultimately overcame it. We are looking for stories that will touch the readers – other targets of workplace bullying – and help them discover tools and principles they can use in their own life. We are looking for stories filled with emotion, vivid images, and a clear path to resolution.
Your story should be written in first person and have a beginning, a middle and an end. Your story should leave readers feeling more hopeful, empowered and courageous; more ready to overcome bullying just as you did; and better about their circumstances all around.
We have provided questions in order to assist you in creating your story, but you are not required to follow them. The questions are meant to prompt your thinking, but we want to hear your perspective in your own words.
Your story should be no more than 1,500 words. Stories longer than that will not be considered. We suggest writing your story out, and then spending time tightening, tightening and tightening until you reach 1,500 words.
Concise is better. Focus on what you learned and how others can learn from you. You want readers to say, “Wow! Look what that person overcame. If they can do it, I can do it do too.”