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Emotion, memory and stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 3, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Do you remember where you were when you first saw the those two jumbo jets plunge into the World Trade Center? How well do you …

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A new workshop, but what should we call it?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Many of you will be familiar with our business narrative workshop. It’s a one day event where we cover how to find anecdotes in an …

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Aphorisms we should dismiss in the face of complexity

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 23, 2008
Filed in Communication

Life’s little sayings have a big impact on how we think. A stitch in time saves nine. A bird in the hand is worth two …

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Be careful who you despise

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 23, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My friend Jackie hated having Nancy as her manager. She thought her to be cold, insensitive and overbearing and had, in the past, tried twice …

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In defence of gossip

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 18, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Gossip is badly maligned in business, but that’s because most of us only have a limited understanding of the concept. For example, gossip is merely …

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Three new storytelling workshops for this year: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 12, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

By popular demand, we’ve just added three more Storytelling for Leaders workshops. They’ll be held in these Australian cities: Melbourne, 23 September 2008 Sydney, 2 …

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Anecdote turns four

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 11, 2008
Filed in Events

Today is Anecdote’s fourth birthday. Hip hip hooray! Wow, where did those years go? I still clearly remember going to the ASIC office four years …

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Embedding customer service stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 6, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

A company that values customer service should be teeming with customer service stories. But what do you do if this is not the case? The …

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Don’t lecture, tell a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 4, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Rather than give a lecture to his fellow comedian, Jerry Seinfeld tells a story to convey his message. This clip is from Jerry’s documentary, Comedian, …

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Scientific America takes note of storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 1, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I was excited to see the current issue of Scientific America has an article on storytelling called The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a …

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