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Anecdotally Speaking – Episode 2 – World’s worst first day on the job

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 19, 2018
Filed in Podcast

We’re reading The Power of Moments by Dan and Chip Heath and they talk about creating memorable first days. This episode features a story with a very memorable first day which you wouldn’t wish on anyone. And wrapped up in the story are insights about confidence, decision-making, the role of social networks and the limits […]

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Anecdotally Speaking – Episode 1 – An unexpected visitor from Mars

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 18, 2018
Filed in Podcast

Welcome to our new podcast. Each week Mark and I will introduce a new story you could potentially tell at work, then we will describe why it works and share some ideas of how it might be used in a business setting. By the end of year you will have about 50 stories you can […]

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A lesson in storytelling from Oprah

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 12, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Insight

Oprah Winfrey gave a powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes accepting the Cecil B. de Mille Award. It seems to be talked about everywhere with some even suggesting Oprah should run for the US Presidency. One of the reasons her speech was so powerful were the stories she told and how they helped the […]

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Don’t lose your credibility, avoid telling these stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 9, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

In my work with Anecdote over the last 13 years, I’ve come across thousands of stories. Some of them have had a huge impact on people. They’ve revealed weak spots in organisations, changed cultures, and inspired people to achieve far beyond what they believed they were capable of. In most cases, a story has the […]

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Building the storytelling habit this Christmas

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 22, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling

I just watched a 3-minute video advertising a course on storytelling. It was beautifully produced, of the highest quality yet there was not a single story told. It’s very easy to forget to tell a story but as we know, you don’t get the amazing benefits of storytelling unless you tell stories. So how do […]

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The power of stories: a legal performance-enhancing substance

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 20, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture, Leadership Posts

Imagine if someone tells you that the single biggest thing you can do to improve your organisation’s performance in the next 12 months is to stand in front of the entire organisation and bare your soul: your vulnerabilities, your fears, the low points in your life as well as the highlights. And once you’ve done […]

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How to reduce your story anxiety

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 12, 2017
Filed in Events, Leadership Posts

Stories are stressing out our business leaders. That’s right, our leaders are getting anxious, on edge. Why? Well, as one general manager put it to me this week, ‘Everyone is talking about stories. We’re told we need to know our story—the story of our product, our program, the change we’re making. We have to find […]

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Storytelling tips you can try: the effect music has on purchasing decisions

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —December 5, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Selling

We understand that life gets busy. Between emails, meetings and projects it can sometimes be hard to deliberately think about useful business stories that you’ve encountered recently. We want to make it easier to become better business storytellers, and for that reason we’ve decided to post regular stories that include bite-size tips on how to […]

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Storytelling tips you can try: you can influence people easier when you know their ‘why’

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —November 24, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Communication

We understand that life gets busy. Between emails, meetings and projects it can sometimes be hard to deliberately think about useful business stories that you’ve encountered recently. We want to make it easier to become better business storytellers, and for that reason we’ve decided to post regular stories that include bite-size tips on how to […]

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Oral storytelling techniques: how to finish your story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 16, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Insight

There’s an incredibly strong urge that comes over us, right when we end an anecdote, to explain what the story means. This urge seems especially strong when we tell a story at work. We’ll finish it and then go on and say something like, ‘So, what this means is …’ You must resist this urge […]

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