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Keeping oral stories oral for better strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 29, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

During our recent work on a major strategy story project, we ticked off our priorities. We encouraged the company’s leaders to take responsibility for the story, as opposed to outsourcing it to a department or an external agency. We helped each leader clarify their understanding of the strategy. We talked about the necessity of including […]

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Why good storytellers are more attractive

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 29, 2016
Filed in Insight

It seems as though we might not have been kidding ourselves all these years. According to a pair of American researchers, good storytellers really are more attractive. Last month, John Donahue, from the University of North Carolina, and Melanie Green, from the University at Buffalo, published the results of a study they conducted into the […]

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Storytelling Vs. Corporate Speak

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 15, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Who doesn’t like a useful infographic? Lou Hoffman over at Ishmael’s Corner shares one that contrasts a story way of speaking with the insidious corporate speak we often hear at work.I would like to add a few more contrasts. Storytelling on the left. Images vs words Meaning vs gobbledygook Emotion vs meh Concrete vs abstract […]

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Take One Day – Building Collaborative Cultures

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 13, 2016
Filed in Collaboration, Events

We are sponsoring a wonderful event in New Zealand. If you are interested in building collaborative cultures then sign up for this event and I will see you there. What: TAKEONEDAY 2016 – Building Collaborative Cultures Where: Viaduct Events Centre, 161 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland When: 9.00am-6:00pm, Thursday 19th May 2016 Register: Click here […]

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The writing process for Putting Stories to Work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling

I’m often asked how I wrote Putting Stories to Work. People want to know about the writing process and how I did the research. I had similar questions before I started including, How many words do I need to write? How many chapters should it be? What’s the best word processor? So in this post I […]

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Unique opportunity to learn from Gary Klein in Melbourne

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 23, 2016
Filed in Events, Insight

Renowned psychologist Gary Klein, about whom Malcolm Gladwell once said, “No one has taught me more about the complexities and mysteries of human decision-making than Gary Klein”, is coming to Melbourne on May 23rd. This is one workshop you don’t want to miss. Gary will be teaching us how to get those hard earned lessons […]

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The value of a pause in changing people’s minds

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 10, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

I recently attended my local IABC chapter’s 2016 kick-off event, talk55. Twelve speakers had five minutes each to share an idea using only five slides. I shared five tips for business storytelling. Here are my slides. At the networking drinks after the talks I met Tim Reid, a towering figure with a chiselled jaw who […]

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Tyrion’s Persuasive language in this Game of Thrones Passage Puts Ted Talks to Shame

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 4, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Lou Hoffman’s blog, Ishmael’s Corner, has been one of my favourites for as long as I can remember. He’s a wonderful writer who understands business storytelling deeply. And over the years we’ve exchanged tweets but never met until recently when one of those tweets led to a phone conversation about, of all things, measuring the […]

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Keeping to the point with your business storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 23, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling

Louis CK knows a lot about stories. The very best comedians do. It’s their stock in trade. They find and refine stories designed to make us laugh. Louis CK is one of the all time great stand up comedians. Every now and then Louis CK incorporates into his routine an insight into stories and storytelling. […]

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Why leaders need good storytelling skills – Part 2

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 16, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling

Here we are at Part 2 of Chapter 1 of my new book Putting Stories to Work. In Part 1 I started to describe some of the various ways leaders can use storytelling to communicate strategy and engage people. I finish Chapter 1 with 4 other ways to put stories to work. Launch date is […]

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