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Family narratives

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 26, 2013
Filed in Communication, Fun

At Christmas, I was in Melbourne with my two kids. All my family live there and I needed to do what I could to ensure there was no disharmony or feelings of favouritism. So I applied Shawn’s guiding principle in these matters: ‘Families are like fish. After three days they start to go off’. So […]

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Tapping into identity to drive change

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 22, 2013
Filed in Communication

James March, Professor of Political Science at Stanford argues that when we make choices, we tend to rely on one of two basic models for decision making: the consequences model or the identity model.(*1) In the consequence model, when we have a decision to make we weigh the costs and benefits and make the choice […]

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Being just like your audience

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —February 12, 2013
Filed in Communication

We have talked a lot in this blog about the power that comes from showing how you are like your audience for improving the effectiveness of your communication. From telling stories that show you are like them (The ‘I’m like you‘ story), to using their words, phrases or idioms. There are a number of ways […]

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Your stories must be plausible

Posted by  Daryl Cook —February 4, 2013
Filed in Communication

One of the things that we tell people in our workshops is that your stories need to be true, particularly in a business context. Your stories should be genuine and authentic. They must also be accurate, plausible and believable. If they’re not, you run the risk of damaging your credibility. Consider this example of UK […]

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An approach to creating the 2013 you want

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 4, 2013
Filed in Communication

The start of a new year is a great time to think about the year ahead. What you want to achieve. What you want to do more of. What you want to stop. Basically to start with a fresh page and think about how you can actively work to create the year you want, rather […]

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How to respond to misinformation that’s hurting your business

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 5, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

I like to ask senior executives this simple question: is there a story going around your company that’s causing you pain? I remember asking one HR director this question who immediately sighed and said that their board recently appointed a new CEO. A couple of months after he arrived a new strategy emerged and the […]

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5 tips to pick a high-quality coach, mentor or teacher

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —September 6, 2012
Filed in Communication

I started to read Daniel Coyle’s latest book: The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for improving your skills on the commute to work this morning, and it’s fascinating.   I really enjoyed Coyle’s previous book The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. The book was all about answering the question; “how […]

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The power of plain language when communicating strategy

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —August 1, 2012
Filed in Communication, Leadership Posts

Most leaders really struggle to use plain language, especially when it comes to communicating something like strategy. Here at Anecdote we specialise in oral storytelling, and we see this every time we work with a group of leaders in helping them tell their strategic story, or when using stories to build employee engagement or when […]

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Telling Stories Puts Our Brains in Sync

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 1, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Greg Stephens, Lauren Silbert and Uri Hasson are Princeton University neuroscientists who in 2010 conducted a series of experiments showing that an audience’s brains light up (imagine they are all in a fMRI machine) the same way as the presenter’s brain when she tells a story. In their words, “Speaker and listener brain activity exhibits […]

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Story triggering – reinforcing beliefs

I did a blog post in February about reconnecting with an old friend of mine, and how she is one of the most gifted storytellers I know. In that post I said I would be sharing some more of her stories, and here is one she shared with me recently. A few years back, I […]

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