Author Archive

Knowing everyone is on the same page

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 17, 2018
Filed in Communication, Strategy

As this post shows, it’s easy to feel we’re on exactly the same page as others, when in fact we can all be telling ourselves quite different stories.

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What might Amazon’s six-page narrative structure look like?

If you want to move to a Jeff Bezos–style executive meeting without PowerPoint, with a six-page narrative memo, you mustn’t forget the narrative. Here’s why

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Storytelling in San Francisco

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 10, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Events, News

Storytelling is a crucial skill for leaders. If you want to develop your skills, come along to our public storytelling workshop in San Francisco this month.

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Using stories to reveal valuable insights in an organisation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 22, 2018
Filed in Communication, Culture

Leaders are often shielded from underlying issues in a company. This technique uses stories to get right underneath the surface and reveal valuable insights

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A lesson in storytelling from Oprah

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 12, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Insight

Oprah Winfrey just gave a powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes. Much of the power was derived from the stories she told. Find out how this worked here.

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Building the storytelling habit this Christmas

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 22, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling

Christmas offers a great opportunity to develop the storytelling habit. Shawn Callahan gives you some simple tips to help you get started.

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How to reduce your story anxiety

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 12, 2017
Filed in Events, Leadership Posts

We’re told we need to know our story—the story of our product, our program, the change we’re making, but no-one is showing us how. Find out at this event.

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Oral storytelling techniques: how to finish your story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 16, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Insight

There are many ways to finish a story. Use these oral storytelling techniques and you might even hear your story being retold, the greatest of compliments.

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Storytelling with slides: meaning is inferred

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 7, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Insight

When storytelling with slides to influence and persuade, think about the emotions you are conveying, then craft slides that amplify them. Here’s how.

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Book Review of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 10, 2017
Filed in Collaboration, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement

Full of stories about the operations General Stanley McChrystal’s task force conducted in Iraq, this book is great inspiration for change. Find out more.

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