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Strategic storytelling: use stories to explain why

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

I recently learned something of the utmost importance about stories from a world-class magician. On a trip into the city, I popped on a podcast to amuse me on the drive. This American Life is on high rotation on my iPhone and I was excited to see there was an episode called ‘The Magic Show’. […]

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11 Gift Ideas for the Storyteller in Your Life

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —December 16, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

Christmas is fast-approaching and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so we thought we’d make this year’s Christmas gifting a little easier. Most families or friendship circles have an avid or aspiring storyteller, so we’ve come up with a list of 11 things that any storyteller would […]

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Team cohesion: lessons from a trip down the Snowy River

Posted by  David Green —June 3, 2016
Filed in Collaboration, Fun

Along the way, I have designed and run some leadership development programs in alliance with Outward Bound. Our programs have mostly run for 15 days, and include a week’s physical and metaphorical journey “into the unknown”. It’s a great setting for building your self-awareness as a leader – of others, and of yourself. The first […]

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The world is flat

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 30, 2014
Filed in Fun

The opening paragraph of Tom Friedman‘s 2005 book ‘The World is Flat‘ is: No one ever gave me directions like this on a golf course before: “Aim at either Microsoft or IBM.” I was standing on the first tee at the KGA Golf Club in downtown Bangalore, in Southern India, when my playing partner pointed […]

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Whoever tells the best story wins

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 16, 2014
Filed in Fun, News

In 2001, Annette Simmons published her book The Story Factor. I read it cover to cover and as I write this my dog-eared, tagged and heavily annotated copy sits in front of me. The book has been widely acclaimed as one of the most influential business storytelling books written. Her other titles include Whoever Tells […]

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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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Awesome stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 12, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

Every two months an email arrives that I am always happy to receive. Its the bi-monthly newsletter from the Awesome Stories website. Awesome Stories is designed as an educational website that makes primary source material available to the general public. Much of the material is normally available only via national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical […]

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A little story for a Friday

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 1, 2013
Filed in Fun

As the proud father of two boys aged 4 and 2, I just had to share this story I saw yesterday. I could picture this exact scenario happening with my eldest son. At the grocery store a 4-year-old boy is running around doing superhero moves with a fierce expression and making a bit of a […]

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Mondegreens, gigs and deliberate practice

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 27, 2013
Filed in Fun

Last Thursday night, Tony High asked me if I knew what a ‘mondegreen’ was. I had no idea. A quick search of wikipedia revealed that a mondegreen is a term coined for those times when we get the lyrics of a song wrong. But to be a mondegreen, the incorrect version needs to be better, […]

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Tim Minchin’s Storm

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 5, 2012
Filed in Fun

A nice story by Tim Minchin as beat poetry.

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