Archive for 2011


The power of subtle stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 15, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Sunday mornings is a favourite time of the week for me. I get up early and go walking with my friend Darren Woolley. The conversation is always lively and last Sunday I mentioned to Darren that I thought it was interesting that ambiguous stories seem to linger in my mind much longer than stories with a […]

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Story Quote of the Week

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —June 10, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

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Changing behaviour: loss aversion and the “Anti-charity”

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —May 26, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes

“If, when you think of one, you get a sharp intake of breath and start to feel a steely resolve inside to follow through, it’s probably the right one”. What was my friend Toby talking about that would have such an impact on me?  The answer – an Anti-charity. The concept of the Anti-charity comes […]

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On narratives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 25, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

John Hagel has written an interesting post on the importance of narratives in providing persistent context for our lives, organisations and society. The post is important because John is an esteemed thinker that business and institutions notice and heed. And it is also this reason that I’m prompted to write this reply because I feel […]

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Frank Zappa and Stories

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —May 13, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

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Provide your example before your reasons—introducing PERP

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 13, 2011
Filed in Communication

I want to expand a little on Mark’s post and on the communication structure we’re proposing. I hope you don’t mind, but let me start with how the idea emerged. My first real job back in the 1980s was to work for Oracle Systems, the database company. One day my manager asked me to give […]

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Storytelling to make messages stick

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 13, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

I’m reading an advance copy of Andrew O’Keeffe’s new book ‘Hardwired Humans: Successful Leadership Using Human Instincts’. I am looking forward to meeting Dr Jane Goodall when she launches the book on June 6. One of the human instincts, ‘emotion before reason’ tells us that emotions play a huge role in our decision making. We […]

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Using a story structure to encourage clicks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 12, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

A nice storytelling cliff hanger to get us to click. From NeuroCooking Save Rock Creek Hills Park! Posted: 08 May 2011 02:26 PM PDT We have been writing here less often, NeuroCooking friends, because another topic has been occupying us lately, a great deal really, since the night of April 28th, when, out of the blue, […]

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Special offer – storytelling skills workshop

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 9, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

Last few days…. Leaders can dramatically improve their ability to inspire, influence and engage both staff and customers by tapping into the natural power of stories. We haven’t run our Storytelling for Leaders workshop publicly for several years and have focussed on delivering it internally for clients. This month represents your only opportunity in 2011 […]

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