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Putting stories to work is more than storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 16, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Telling, telling, telling …  So many in the field of story work focus on storytelling. Sure, telling a good story at the right time has impact. But storytelling represents a mere fraction of what can be done with business stories. Here is one little example. Last year I had a call from Kirstyn. She works […]

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Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 10, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

Thomas Jefferson was a great believer in luck, and he found that the harder he worked the luckier he got. His friend and fellow signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, shared this belief in hard work and self development. From a remarkably young age Franklin understood the importance of practice. Not the kind […]

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Organisational Development Australia (ODA) Annual Conference in a couple of weeks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 7, 2010
Filed in News

I’m looking forward to heading down to the Novatel on the Upper Esplanade in St Kilda for the annual ODA retreat. It all happens on the 24-25 August. I believe there are still some places to be had. I’ll be presenting a couple of sessions on using narrative techniques to support change initiatives. Lots of […]

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Stories or just the facts?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 6, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Bob Dickman, who wrote Elements of Persausion, just sent me this note that has this thought provoking story in it which I though you would like. If you are in California you might like to attend his storytelling workshop. I’ve just returned from visiting some friends of mine in Maui. They told me an amazing […]

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Clarity Rules

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 2, 2010
Filed in Communication

My friend Greg Stewart is putting his blogging efforts at Clarity Rules behind a movement he cares deeply about: the pursuit of clarity. His manifesto is simple: There is a great movement afoot, and I want to help: Tribes have been started by the likes of Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen, Nancy Duarte of Slide:ology, […]

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Richard Branson launches Virgin Money with a simple clarity story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 1, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Strategy

Last week I was driving to basketball with my daughter listening to Hamish and Andy on the radio. Richard Branson was up next to talk about the launch of Virgin Money and this is what he said (perhaps not word perfect but how I remember it): Andy: so tell us about this new venture Sir […]

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How to stop executives becoming grammar nazis when defining their purpose

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 28, 2010
Filed in Strategy

In our work to help organisations make their strategies stick we often start by helping the executives get clear on their purpose. Why does their enterprise exist? If you have facilitated these types of sessions you probably seen this happen a million times: the group circles in on the essence of what’s important and then […]

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It’s a Marathon – Not Magic – New Webinar

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Last year Terrence Gargiulo and I delivered a webinar in the triple threat of storytelling. It was really popular and we had a great time doing it. Well we’re back for another webinar, this time we’re exploring how to become a better storyteller by applying some specific and deliberate practices. Here is our little marketing […]

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Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 12, 2010
Filed in News

When we started Anecdote in 2004 our web presence consisted entirely of this blog. We gradually built content, and a following, but every now and then people would say, “we really love your blog but what exactly do you do?” So for some time now we’ve been planning a website that described our consulting work. […]

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How to get your story heard at work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 11, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

In a fast paced workplace dominated by tasked focussed folk hell bent on ticking boxes and creating outputs, it can be difficult to get your story heard. The conversation can go something like this: “OK, what’s the next item on the agenda?” The preceding conversation reminded Jean-Pierre of something they should really avoid that happened […]

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