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 […]

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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. […]

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How to craft effective success stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 15, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Many large companies spend considerable resources on compiling case studies to document their successes; whole teams can be dedicated to this. The idea is a simple one. When it comes to the outcomes you’re selling, prospects will want to know whether you’ve actually achieved these before, and case studies can serve as evidence […]

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The Story Matrix: Three Zucchini Stories, Countless Meanings

Posted by  Amanda Marko —September 11, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Finding stories to tell is only part of your challenge as an effective communicator. It’s just as important to discern the story’s meaning so that you can put it to an appropriate use at the right time in the workplace. Once you find – or experience – a story, think about what scenarios […]

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Our first Anecdote Partner Conference – A gathering of storytellers in Palm Cove

Posted by  Lucy Honeywell —September 9, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Events, Selling

In July the Anecdote team (unfortunately minus Helen) spent 3 days in Palm Cove for our first Partner Conference. The location was magnificent. We were joined by partners from across Australia and even from India. The gathering of storytellers The first session was an open space. The Partners wrote down concerns or suggestions […]

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Storytelling as an effective PowerPoint alternative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 3, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

What? So What? Now What? But with stories. Large companies are tiring of PowerPoint because smart decision makers are over sitting through mindless presentations of fact upon fact that leave them thinking, “but what does it all mean?” Yes, you can use PowerPoint sensibly and even use it to spark a stimulating conversation […]

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Come to the Storytelling for Leaders program at the Melbourne Zoo

Posted by  Lucy Honeywell —August 25, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Events, Leadership

Anecdote is holding a public Storytelling for Leaders program on September the 9th in Melbourne, at our zoo.  We love wild animals. You see them throughout our materials, so we thought it would be fun, and quite fitting, to hold our hometown program surrounded by our exotic friends. Now in our 11th year, […]

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Why we create anti-stories in the face of change

Posted by  Claire Scobie —August 20, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication, Culture

This post was first published on Wordstruck by Claire Scobie, award-winning journalist, writer, and author of The Pagoda Tree, a novel chosen by Good Reading Magazine as one of their Best Fiction Reads of 2013. Last month I was asked to give an impromptu presentation at a leading merchant bank on the value of storytelling. In this particular […]

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How can we help people to reconnect?

Posted by  Ronald van Domburg —August 13, 2015
Filed in Communication, Insight

Are you performing in the wrong play? Every human being has the desire to be part of a community. We all know the feeling – the longing to be included in a group, how nice that feels. It’s like how a warm bath makes you feel safe and right at home. But we […]

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Are storytelling techniques the new social lubricant?

Posted by  Raf Stevens —August 11, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture, Insight

US human rights activist and Professor of Law Bryan Stevenson starts his Ted Talk below, about the injustices in the US legal system with a wonderful personal story. In fact, that’s a common feature of all Ted Talks that are viewed hundreds of thousands of times. They pull the listener in with a ”pull […]

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