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007 – Saving the Citicorp skyscraper

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 19, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

We often get asked “does storytelling work with finance folk, scientists or engineers?” There’s an assumption in their question that some professions only care about the numbers, the facts, and they don’t have time or an interest for stories. Well, nothing can be further from the truth, everyone tells and listens to stories–it’s a human […]

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006 – Accidentally winding up a bank

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 12, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

The way leaders react in times of high stress is a good measure of their character. And it is in these times of strain everyone is taking note of what the leader is doing. The leader’s reaction creates new stories that make the organisation’s culture. You can’t underestimate how important these moments are. Our story […]

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005 – The street corner experiment

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 5, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

A story type we love here at Anecdote is the story of a scientific experiment. It has the double benefit of giving you a story with a good business point and it’s based on peer reviewed research. An experiment story has authority, especially with people who value evidence and science. This week’s story is the […]

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004 – Can’t see the bathroom from the grout

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 29, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

This week’s episode features a small story that’s versatile and really delivers. It’s about a bathroom renovation of all things. Sometimes business stories can come from your personal life and make a good business point. The beauty of many of our personal stories is that they are often relatable. Similar things have happened to the […]

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003 – Pick one great strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 22, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

With all the stories you’ll learn here in Anecdotally Speaking you will need a place, and an approach, to keep track of them so you can find good ones when you need them. So in this episode Mark and I run through some tips to create your own story-bank and give you some important advice […]

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002 – World’s worst first day on the job

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 19, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

We’re reading The Power of Moments by Dan and Chip Heath and they talk about creating memorable first days. This episode features a story with a very memorable first day which you wouldn’t wish on anyone. And wrapped up in the story are insights about confidence, decision-making, the role of social networks and the limits […]

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001 – An unexpected visitor from Mars

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 18, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Welcome to our new podcast. Each week Mark and I will introduce a new story you could potentially tell at work, then we will describe why it works and share some ideas of how it might be used in a business setting. By the end of year you will have about 50 stories you can […]

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A lesson in storytelling from Oprah

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 12, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Insight

Oprah Winfrey gave a powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes accepting the Cecil B. de Mille Award. It seems to be talked about everywhere with some even suggesting Oprah should run for the US Presidency. One of the reasons her speech was so powerful were the stories she told and how they helped the […]

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Don’t lose your credibility, avoid telling these stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 9, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

In my work with Anecdote over the last 13 years, I’ve come across thousands of stories. Some of them have had a huge impact on people. They’ve revealed weak spots in organisations, changed cultures, and inspired people to achieve far beyond what they believed they were capable of. In most cases, a story has the […]

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Building the storytelling habit this Christmas

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 22, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling

I just watched a 3-minute video advertising a course on storytelling. It was beautifully produced, of the highest quality yet there was not a single story told. It’s very easy to forget to tell a story but as we know, you don’t get the amazing benefits of storytelling unless you tell stories. So how do […]

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