Some more words to elicit stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 2, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Last month I listed 10 questions you might use to help people recall their experiences (stories). I was chatting to Paul Atkins (executive coach and leadership expert based in Canberra) the other day and he mentioned that the subject-object interview developed by Harvard professor, Robert Kegan, also featured emotional words designed to elicit stories. Here are some of the words Paul uses when doing a subject-object interview.

  • angry
  • proud
  • torn
  • change
  • delight
  • success
  • conviction
  • strong stand

About  Shawn Callahan

Shawn, author of Putting Stories to Work, is one the world's leading business storytelling consultants. He helps executive teams find and tell the story of their strategy. When he is not working on strategy communication, Shawn is helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, to influence and to inspire. Shawn works with Global 1000 companies including Shell, IBM, SAP, Bayer, Microsoft & Danone. Connect with Shawn on:

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