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Richard Branson launches Virgin Money with a simple clarity story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 1, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Strategy

Last week I was driving to basketball with my daughter listening to Hamish and Andy on the radio. Richard Branson was up next to talk about the launch of Virgin Money and this is what he said (perhaps not word perfect but how I remember it): Andy: so tell us about this new venture Sir […]

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It’s a Marathon – Not Magic – New Webinar

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Last year Terrence Gargiulo and I delivered a webinar in the triple threat of storytelling. It was really popular and we had a great time doing it. Well we’re back for another webinar, this time we’re exploring how to become a better storyteller by applying some specific and deliberate practices. Here is our little marketing […]

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How to get your story heard at work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 11, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

In a fast paced workplace dominated by tasked focussed folk hell bent on ticking boxes and creating outputs, it can be difficult to get your story heard. The conversation can go something like this: “OK, what’s the next item on the agenda?” The preceding conversation reminded Jean-Pierre of something they should really avoid that happened […]

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Storytelling in the wild and the need for chit chat

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

When you go hunting for a story, for say a presentation you’re about to give, you’re taking something that normally lives and breathes in an informal environment and transporting it to a more formal organisational setting. It’s OK to do this of course as long as you understand what this beast is like in its […]

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Leadership Storytelling – 20 minute podcast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 2, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Are you tired of reading blog posts? For a change how about just listening about storytelling? Makes sense really. I recorded this podcast for a group of executives in New York and thought you might also enjoy it. It describes why I think storytelling is an important leadership skills, why stories have impact, provides a […]

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Listening, mentoring, storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 26, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

I’m sitting in a cafe thinking about what makes a great listener. I can see a few. They’re leaning forward, nodding, smiling, asking questions. You can tell they want to be there and that they care about the person they are listening to. They’re not glancing at their watch, their phones and there’re no computer […]

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Storytelling for non-storytellers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 12, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

Troy White has just posted a blog which I think is both very good because it encourages people who don’t think they are storytellers to have a go and practice, yet I feel doesn’t go far enough because there is a chance readers will not get to a story based on his list of triggers. […]

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I remember you

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Why do you remember some people and completely forget others? In February 2008 I ran some some sessions for a client at a site in Homebush in suburban Sydney. We were collecting examples from staff about engagement – examples about things that had motivated them or disengaged them. The examples were used to identify actions […]

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Reducing arseholes in the workplace. Mentoring helps

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 6, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I remember this day clearly. I’d been working at IBM for a few years running the KM practice and I decided I should move into the strategy practice in what was called the Business Consulting Services (BCS). Before this move I had a lot of autonomy: I decided the type of work I’d do; I […]

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The Origins Asia Pacific Business Narrative Conference

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 5, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

The Origins Asia Pacific Business Narrative Conference is a part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival and is organised by The National Book Development Council of Singapore, with Shawn Callahan of Anecdote and Patrick Lambe of Straits Knowledge. The aim of Origins is to foster the practice of business storytelling and narrative techniques in the […]

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