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Oral storytelling techniques: how to finish your story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 16, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Insight

There’s an incredibly strong urge that comes over us, right when we end an anecdote, to explain what the story means. This urge seems especially strong when we tell a story at work. We’ll finish it and then go on and say something like, ‘So, what this means is …’ You must resist this urge […]

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Storytelling tips you can try: overcome bias to make the most of opportunities

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —November 9, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Insight

We understand that life gets busy. Between emails, meetings and projects it can sometimes be hard to deliberately think about useful business stories that you’ve encountered recently. We want to make it easier to become better business storytellers, and for that reason we’ve decided to post regular stories that include bite-size tips on how to […]

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Untangle messy people issues through story listening

Posted by  Indranil Chakraborty —October 30, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Sujit Nair was perplexed. Last year, the global consulting firm he worked for had invested a considerable sum in measuring employee engagement. The survey had helped the firm identify four areas that offered potential for improvement. It told them these areas were important to their people but it didn’t tell them what was driving the […]

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Holidays as sources of business stories

Posted by  Udi Nachshon —October 2, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Culture

Executives who are exposed to the power of stories often ask me how they can get interesting anecdotes they will be able to use as business stories. After they learn how to spot a personal story with a business point, their natural tendency is to recall such stories or look for them in the workplace. But […]

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Storytelling tips you can try: Customer service is also about the invisible people

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —September 18, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture, Insight

As Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train started rolling. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the […]

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Storytelling tips you can try: Do you get in the wheelbarrow with your team?

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —September 14, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement, Insight

Jean-Francois Gravelet was famous for tight-rope walking over the Niagara Falls in the late 1800s. This story was inspired by these amazing feats: Upon completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagra Falls in appalling wind and rain, ‘The Great Blondin’ was met by an enthusiastic supporter, who urged him to make a return trip, […]

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The confirmation bias driving our behaviour

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 8, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture, Insight

A few weeks ago I had dinner at a friend’s house. At the table, my friend’s 9-year-old daughter challenged me with a riddle. You might be familiar with it. A father and son are involved in a serious car accident. The father dies instantly while the son is airlifted to hospital in a critical condition. […]

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Storytelling with slides: meaning is inferred

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 7, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Insight

Simple Slides I’m a big believer in simple, clear PowerPoint slides. If I’m going to talk about the 54% of people who have no idea about the company strategy, I’ll put up a slide with a big ‘54%’ in 155-point font on it, and only after I’ve spoken about it will I add any other […]

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Storytelling tips you can try: the importance of fitting in

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —September 1, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Culture

We understand that life gets busy. Between emails, meetings and projects it can sometimes be hard to deliberately think about useful business stories that you’ve encountered recently. We want to make it easier to become better business storytellers, and for that reason we’ve decided to post regular stories that include bite-size tips on how to […]

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Anecdotes are the pixels of your culture

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 25, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Culture

There are many ways to think about the term ‘organisational culture’. A favourite perspective from decades ago is ‘Culture is the way we do things around here’. It can also be useful to think about culture as an image, like on a TV screen, that is made up of millions of individual pixels. In the […]

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