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What Kevin Hart and Brené Brown can teach us about vulnerability and humour in stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 10, 2020
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Communication

A new type of speaker is emerging: part personal adviser, part comedian. I have two examples in mind. One is a researcher who spent 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. The other is a comedian who gained his stand-up chops in the comedy clubs of New York. The researcher starts with human insights […]

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Stop presenting the strategy and start communicating it

Posted by  Paul Ichilcik —February 3, 2020
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication, Strategy

As 2020 begins, many leaders will be confidently presenting new strategies and most people will be wearily dismissing them. There’s a story behind this common disconnect. To download a PDF version of this article, click here. To watch our short video series where Paul shares insights from this article, click here. Mind over what matters […]

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Seeking European Partners

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 27, 2020
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Are you looking to add business storytelling to your portfolio of training programs? Do you share our desire to bring humanity back to large corporations? We want to expand our partner network in Europe to coincide with the launch of our new office in the UK that will support you to find and deliver excellent […]

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Storytelling lessons from Baby Yoda

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 23, 2020
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Fun

Sheenagh and I watched the Star Wars-based TV show The Mandalorian recently. When we watched the first episode and got our first glimpse of Baby Yoda, there was an audible ‘aawwww’ from both of us. Baby Yoda is so damn cute. Since then, Baby Yoda has become an internet phenomenon, and the little fella is popping […]

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Developing the story habit

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 17, 2020
Filed in Business storytelling

I’ve been reading Atomic Habits by James Clear over the summer, and while many of the ideas feel familiar from reading The Power of Habit by James Duhigg, it’s a great reminder of the practical things you can do to create new habits and jettison ones that are not working for you. As I was reading […]

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What happens after the bushfires?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2020
Filed in Collaboration, Communication

With such devastation wreaked upon the lives of so many Australians in these horrendous bushfires, it’s hard to even think about how we will recover and reconstruct our communities. But one of the lessons that came from the Black Saturday fires in 2009 is worth having in mind early on, especially since the affected communities […]

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Adapting a podcast story to use at work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 3, 2019
Filed in Business storytelling

The most successful podcasts feature stories, but podcast stories often contain more details and are longer than what you would tell orally at work to make a business point. In this post, I’m going to show you how to adapt a podcast story so you can tell it at work to make a point and […]

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Narrative Threads – How to craft and tell strategy stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 20, 2019
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

A great way to help your strategy stick is to craft a story your leaders can tell that explains why your company made its strategic choices. This strategy story is typically told without notes, includes some of the leader’s anecdotes, tackles the more obvious anti-stories, and is well suited to larger gatherings where the full […]

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Introducing Paul Ichilcik, Anecdote’s newest team member!

Posted by  Paul Ichilcik —July 26, 2019
Filed in News

It was Amazon’s showcase event of 2018 in Las Vegas. The background logos lit up as the guest customer speaker, the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company, was introduced. He strode on stage as colourful visuals appeared across the seven massive screens behind him. He totally bombed. In the first place, the speaker was clearly blinded […]

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A strategy story does more than communicate your strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 28, 2019
Filed in Business storytelling, Insight, Strategy

 Strategy stories are important but they’re not exactly life and death, right? Well, actually, you’d be surprised. Our very first strategy story was for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) back in 2009. TAC is the government insurer for any injuries sustained on the roads in the Australian state of Victoria. It plays a key role […]

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