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How to build credibility and trust – Selling with Story part 2

Today’s post is part two of a transcript from my recent interview on the Voice America Business Channel show ‘Story Powered’ hosted by Lianne Picot. The topic of the program is ‘Selling with Story’ where we talk about how you can use stories in order to move people closer to saying yes to the sale. In Selling with […]

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How to influence decision makers with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 25, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

Leaders are decision-makers. They have to be. As soon as they walk into the office in the morning, they’re bombarded with decisions that have to be made: ‘Can our business partner sell our product in that new market?'; ‘Do you want to talk to the journalist from The Times?'; ‘When should we share […]

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Lessons learned when stories are told

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2015
Filed in Leadership

Work can move at such a hectic pace that we often don’t get the time to reflect on important projects we’ve completed. But valuable lessons can be learned by doing this, particularly when stories are involved. Lessons learned using the power of stories A team I worked with had toiled on their project […]

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Maximise your influence with powerful story techniques

Posted by  Amanda Marko —November 27, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

There’s a way to lead more effectively from anywhere in the corporate hierarchy without the benefit of the positional authority that comes in the form of titles and reporting relationships. Don’t wait to get into the c-suite to change minds, impact the business and leave a lasting impression. Be influential immediately. Telling stories, […]

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Business storytelling training in The Netherlands

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 25, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

I visited Amsterdam in early April and met Paul Joosten and Ronald van Domberg. Both fabulous facilitators and both working in the story field. Within a few months they had become Partners in delivering the Storytelling for Leaders program and had completed their accreditation. While many programs in The Netherlands are delivered in […]

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Acts of leadership humanity: putting staff first

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 31, 2014
Filed in Leadership

This post is part of our series on Leadership Humanity. In 2010 I was working with a law firm in Sydney to help launch their new values. One of the values is Respect. At the launch event we collected stories about Respect: some bad, many good. One of the senior partners related an […]

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Acts of leadership humanity – mistakes are not always failures

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 14, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

Shawn’s post last week got us sharing some of the great examples of small acts of leadership that demonstrate humanity and which make a difference. We will share some of these in the coming weeks. This is an example I heard last week while running a business storytelling session in Queensland. Back in […]

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Why effective leaders are good storytellers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 30, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

When I run our storytelling for leaders program I like to point out that effective leaders are good storytellers. I say “good” because a leader merely has to share a story or two to set them apart from the rest because most leaders communicate entirely with opinion and lofty abstractions–yawn. A leaders’ message […]

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2 inspiring examples of business leaders and storytellers

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 31, 2014
Filed in Leadership

A common question we are asked is ‘are there any examples of business leaders who are good storytellers’. Shawn wrote a post a while back with a list of nine good examples. I’d like to add two more to that list. In both circumstances, these leaders made clear and memorable business points by […]

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What stories help a new leader in a new role?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 1, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

“They won’t care what you know until they know that you care” (a line attributed to many but my favourite is baseball coach Yogi Berra). This week I received an email from a newly minted executive who was off to New Zealand to take up a new post. Let’s call her Sarah. Sarah […]

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