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Why Leaders Need Good Storytelling Skills – Part 1

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling

Chapter 1 from the upcoming book, Putting Stories to Work by Shawn Callahan. Find out where storytelling skills can really make a difference.

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Explaining complex ideas with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling

Oscar nominated movie The Big Short uses some very interesting story techniques when explaining complex ideas. There are some important lessons here:

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Sharing stories so they can be retold

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

Shawn Callahan talks about Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, his own book Putting Stories to Work and why he tells stories that are easy to retell.

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Mastering business storytelling with 4 vital disciplines

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 26, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling

The process of mastering business storytelling has four vital disciplines: discover, remember, share, refresh. Find out more about this process here:

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Putting Stories to Work – Mastering Business Storytelling – Introduction

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 12, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Here is a practical guide for leaders to developing and maintaining your business storytelling skills from the foundations to mastery. Find out more here:

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Business storytelling technique – Story journalling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

The difference between storytelling in general and business storytelling is the latter is systematic and purposeful. One systematic way to find business stories is to …

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Coaching in storytelling – Learning from engagements

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Early last year a CEO of a government agency, let’s call him Tim, asked whether I could coach him in storytelling. Tim had an immediate …

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Levelling up your business storytelling mastery

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 6, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

In my misspent youth I enjoyed video games. My friend, Peter Fox, got me started back in our 20s but these days I don’t get …

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Business storytelling tips: How to segue to a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 9, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

When I teach business storytelling, I have to remind myself that things that seem easy and natural to me can feel uncomfortable and awkward to …

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The evolution of storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 7, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

The beautiful campus of the Australian National University is nestled in the heart of the country’s bush capital, Canberra. I attended the ANU in the …

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