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Truth and fact in stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 21, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

I’m often asked, “What happens if the story is untruthful? Wont that skew the participant’s viewpoint?” Robert McKee makes this paradoxical observation which you might find helpful. “What happens is fact, not truth. Truth us what we think about what happens.” McKee, Robert. Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. New York: ReganBooks, 1997.

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Let’s be proactive with organisational storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 21, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Stories are created in organisations whenever something remarkable happens, and people love to remark on how leaders react under pressure because the way anyone reacts under pressure reveals their character. With this thought in mind I have been reading an excellent book called Crucial Conversations and I was struck by the following anecdote about a […]

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Keynote speaking – organisational storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Mark and I love speaking to audiences of all shapes and sizes and we have had the privilege over the years to give seminars and workshops to large and small groups. Our clients seem to enjoy our talks (sometimes they are more like workshops) and report significant impacts as a result of our presentations and […]

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Collaboration at Tipping Point

Posted by  chandni —November 19, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

There are many ways to encourage collaboration in an organization. Using Web 2.0 tools is a great way to start a collaborative discussion in under 5 minutes. I came across an interesting collaborative concept recently www.thepoint.com Launched in September 2007, The Point is a community where people can come together to solve the problems that […]

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Letting go

Posted by  Daryl Cook —November 15, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

I was waiting for a flight the other day and I happened to catch 5 minutes of a surfing documentary featuring Kelly Slater, 8 times world champion. So what has this got to do with a blog on business narrative I hear you ask? Well, when talking about his 7th title win, he tells an […]

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Three stories and an argument

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 13, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Larry Lessig has a presentation style named after him. You guessed it, the Lessig Method. Professor Lessig is a copyright expert and champion of creative commons. And in this presentation he demonstrates the power of presenting stories before presenting his argument. Steve Denning makes the point in his latest book, The Secret Language of Leadership, […]

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Business Narrative Workshop – 3 December

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 12, 2007
Filed in Events

Over the years we have refined our one-day Narrative Techniques for Business workshop and have it to the point we are proud of both the workshop content and the materials we provide for participants. Our emphasis is on the practical application of business narrative techniques and our extensive project experience is used to bring the […]

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Last week’s conversation at the Churchill Club

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 12, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Last week the Churchill Club hosted a conversation titled, What’s Your Story? Leon Gettler (journalist at The Age), Andrea Lemon (scriptwriter, author, theatre director and circus ethnographer) and I formed the panel. Brendan Lewis, the club’s executive director, recorded the session and here it is. Download the mp3 to your iPod and listen when you […]

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Name badges as conversation starters

Posted by  Robyn —November 7, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Graham Harvey in his book ‘Seducing the Vigilante Customer ‘ tells of his experience in a restaurant. “Even though I sort of half guessed what the answer might be, I went ahead and asked the question anyway. “Why do you have Cardiff, Wales written under your name?” “Cardiff is where I was born.” replied the […]

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Stories make brands stronger

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 7, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Brandweek reports that the Advertising Research Foundation has just completed a three year study on the effectiveness of TV advertisements in the USA and found that storytelling was the top factor for a successful commercial. The report contends that in many ways, advertising is stuck in the past. The 20th century was dominated by a […]

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