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Merry Christmas from Anecdote

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 22, 2015
Filed in News

It’s that time of year again. As we slide headlong into the festive season, we’d like to say Merry Christmas to you all from everyone in the Anecdote team.

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Business storytelling technique – Story journalling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

The difference between storytelling in general and business storytelling is the latter is systematic and purposeful. One systematic way to find business stories is to use a daily journal. Story journalling could be done at the end of the day, before bed, or on the fly as you discover stories. Many business people think nothing […]

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Coaching in storytelling – Learning from engagements

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Early last year a CEO of a government agency, let’s call him Tim, asked whether I could coach him in storytelling. Tim had an immediate need, an important presentation to stakeholders that were less than excited about the new direction the agency was taking. Happy to help I told him we could start with six […]

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Productivity Tips – Avoiding avoidable email mistakes

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 30, 2015
Filed in Communication

About 6 years ago, a participant in a leadership program explained how she had found her dream job and put in place a comprehensive plan to get that job. It took about six months, but she finally got the offer. “But I turned it down” she said. She explained “I was at home with my […]

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Business Storytelling: Natural talent or acquired skill?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 11, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

At the start of our Storytelling for Leaders® programs, we always ask the question ‘who thinks they are a storyteller?’ Very few people raise their hands. But most will know people who are ‘natural storytellers’ and believe this is due to some innate gift – a genetic inheritance – without which polished storytelling performance will […]

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Levelling up your business storytelling mastery

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 6, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

In my misspent youth I enjoyed video games. My friend, Peter Fox, got me started back in our 20s but these days I don’t get the chance for a good game. But every now I’ll fire up the Playstation and enter another world for a while. I particularly liked ones where my character would level […]

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Giving strategy a soul with strategic stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 22, 2015
Filed in Communication, Strategy

When I did my first degree back in the early 1980s there were some big issues to focus on. One of them was ‘what will we do with all the leisure time society will have when computers are doing many of the jobs people currently do?’ Obviously, this issue was nothing to worry about! But […]

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Business storytelling tips: How to segue to a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 9, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

When I teach business storytelling, I have to remind myself that things that seem easy and natural to me can feel uncomfortable and awkward to someone who is just starting out. This happened yesterday while I was coaching an executive. I had just begun demonstrating how she might use a story in a sales call […]

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The evolution of storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 7, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

The beautiful campus of the Australian National University is nestled in the heart of the country’s bush capital, Canberra. I attended the ANU in the 1980s, majoring in geography and prehistory. In my first prehistory tutorial, I recall asking my tutor whether we had to remember dates to pass the course. I’m not sure who […]

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The art of business storytelling; it’s not a performance

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 28, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

There are 150 people seated in rows on hard, uncomfortable chairs. This is your division and it’s time for you to address them. You walk to the middle of the stage and welcome everyone, then thank them for all their recent hard work. Then you launch into a story. Your whole demeanour changes. You are […]

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