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The TED presentation commandments

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 12, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion. Thou Shalt Tell a Story. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the […]

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Creating stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 10, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My friend Terrence Gargiulo and I were chatting last week about the role storytelling plays for leaders and we agreed that the leadership-storytelling triple-threat was the ability to elicit stories, tell stories and trigger stories. When we say trigger stories we mean that a leader does something that’s remarkable so people tell the story of […]

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Day 5 of Story Week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 8, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

So it’s Friday and here we are at the end of Story Week. Many thanks to all of you who contributed and here is our final story – something serious… Loading…

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Day 4 of Story Week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 7, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Our fourth story for Story Week is from the UK – please tell us what you think. No red signal when minister plays with train set by Adam Sherwin (From Times UK Online) All aboard the Adonis Express. Frustrated commuters will get direct access to the Transport Minister next week when Lord Adonis embarks upon […]

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Day 3 of Story Week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 6, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to Story Week so far. Continuing with our theme of “leadership”, today we are featuring a story from Dr Fiona Wood, who was recognised as “Australian of the Year” for her work after the Bali Bombings. And we’d still like to hear your ideas for Friday’s story. When […]

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Day 2 of Story Week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 5, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Day 2 of Story Week is here. Yesterday we had a video with a big Story. Today we have a snippet, a small story of a day-to-day interaction in a workplace. Our theme for the week is leadership, so look at the story in this light. Think how you would feel in the same circumstances. […]

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Story week is here

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 4, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

The Story Week is here! Over the next 5 days, we’ll be offering you 5 stories – some momentous, some more low-key – and we’re inviting you to tell us what you think of them. After you have viewed, read or heard the story, we’d like you to fill out the form below and maybe […]

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Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 30, 2009
Filed in Communication, Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

Last year I wrote about how the skill to apologize will become even more valuable as the world get even more complex and speedy. Things will go wrong. Well it looks like some books are being published on the topic. Here’s what Tom Peters has discovered. In What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: […]

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Vital behaviours for knowledge sharing

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 24, 2009
Filed in Culture

My colleague Hugh Bathurst is currently working for an engineering firm helping one of the divisions develop a knowledge sharing culture. Hugh has been collecting stories, eliciting how things get done and encouraging peope to contribute to developing of a range of knowledge resources. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting the manager who’s sponsoring […]

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Ginninderra High School Reunion—Class of 1980

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 18, 2009
Filed in Fun

I went to school in Canberra at Ginninderra High School. Amazingly I still keep in contact with so many of my classmates from back then and this year I’m part of the organising committee for our 30 year reunion to be held on the 6th March 2010. One of the incredible things that have happened […]

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