Archive for March, 2017

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Just how personal can you be when telling a connection story?

Posted by  Claire Scobie —March 17, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

People struggle with bringing in a personal element to their stories. Yet, with Connection stories, it’s important to reveal something about yourself because you are more likely to create a deeper bond with your audience. But not every personal story can be told. It’s often about finding the right story to tell the right audience to deliver […]

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Don’t try to change someone’s mind, do this instead

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 15, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration, Culture

Last month, The New Yorker published an article called ‘Why facts don’t change our minds’, in which the author, Elizabeth Kolbert, reviews some research showing that even ‘reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational’. Kolbert’s popular article makes a good case for the idea that if you want to change someone’s mind about something, facts may […]

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Master the art of collecting stories with these resources

Posted by  Tom Graves —March 9, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

How do we collect stories? How do we know which stories to collect, and why? For that matter, what is a story? For practical answers to those questions above, there are many helpful articles throughout the Anecdote Blog. If you need ideas about how to use story for family-history and the like, or to help your community […]

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Improve the effectiveness of what you do with feedback loops and stories

Posted by  Tom Graves —March 7, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

How do we learn in action? How do we improve the effectiveness of what we do – particularly when working together with others? One proven strategy is to set up ‘learning loops’, and in practice, much of it is based around stories. A popular technique here is the After Action Review. It’s simple, quick, and […]

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Beat business jargon by using stories to counter smart-talk

Posted by  Tom Graves —March 2, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Insight

He looks the part; he knows all the right buzzwords; he can quote chapter-and-verse from all the best-known pundits and practitioners. But is it all just empty ‘smart-talk’? Smart-talk is information without understanding, theory without practice – ‘all mouth and no trousers’, as the old aphorism puts it. It’s all too common amongst would-be ‘experts’ […]

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