Putting stories to work®


A new book by Shawn Callahan—Founder of Anecdote—about Mastering Business Storytelling.

Learn the business storytelling secrets Shawn shares with leaders around the world and now applied in Global 1000 companies.

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Putting Stories to Work book, pre-order by 1st March: $US25 + shipping


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Anecdote helps you tap into the natural power of stories to simplify change and make your strategy stick.

We help your business to be more human and engaging.

Story-driven change

Change is energised by:

To succeed you need all three.


Our core team


Shawn Callahan

—founder, story specialist and consultant. Shawn ensures our methods are of the highest quality and he’ll be there to guide your people through the most challenging stages.
Based in Melbourne.
m: +61 410 346 343

Shawn’s speaker profile.

Mark Schenk

—storytelling and business. Mark has co-created and delivered our workshops and projects since 2004. He helps leadership teams across the globe find practical ways to improve their business with story. Based in Melbourne.
m: +61 412 429 852

Mark’s speaker profile.

Kerenza Smith

—visual impact. Kerenza directs the graphic design crew who ensure the materials we work with and present to the organisation are high quality and have the impact we need. This doesn’t mean just creating glossy materials; it’s more about matching the need to the best visual representation for the job.

Helen O'Kane

—office manager, MYOB-wrangler. Helen is always there keeping the company back-end running smoothly. She will ensure your customer experience is first-rate.

Lucy Honeywell

—research and marketing. Lucy helps Anecdote tell our story to the world, through marketing and social media. She also supports our global Partner network in their quest to bring storytelling into business.

Paul Smitz

—words. Paul uses his editing and writing expertise to help make our content as engaging and readable as possible, with a minimum of pedantry.


Anecdote is the largest network of business story practitioners in the world.

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A few of our Clients

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Our latest Blog posts…

Why Leaders Need Good Storytelling Skills – Part 1

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling
This is chapter 1 of the book, Putting Stories to Work – Mastering Business Storytelling. I decided to share it in two parts so this is part 1. I wanted to start the book with some of the business reasons for storytelling and show leaders a few of the useful places storytelling can really make a difference. […]
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Explaining complex ideas with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling
Last night I went to see The Big Short, a film about how a bunch of banking outsiders predicted the global financial crisis and made a bucketload of cash in the process. The film was based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis. When the book was first considered for adaptation, the […]
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Sharing stories so they can be retold

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 29, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling
Ever since Malcolm Gladwell’s massive hit The Tipping Point, business books have used a good dose of stories to carry the author’s message. Gladwell hit upon a simple yet effective formula: tell a story first, then draw meaning from the narrative. If you look at the beginning of each chapter in Tipping Point, the time […]
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