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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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How to Build Your Story Repertoire

Posted by  Indranil Chakraborty —August 17, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Two monks were walking from their monastery to another one nearby. One was an old wise monk, the other a novice. As they walked in silence, they came across a river. Unseasonal rains had caused the river to run a bit high and on the bank of the river was a young lady wearing a […]

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Storytelling sales techniques: no story, no sale

Posted by  Tom Graves —February 17, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Selling

Oh no, not again: it’s the souvenir-vendors. I’m here on business, but they’ll mob around anyone here who even looks like a tourist. And every time it’s the same: “You want to buy? Low price, low price” – as if price itself is the only reason anyone would want the item. No attempt at a […]

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Mix science and storytelling: tell stories about experiments

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 2, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Selling

Last week I returned to Australia from the US after a three-week business tour. (It was a remarkable time to be there, though my sense is that while emotions are understandably running high over the election result, there is also a feeling that the US system is resilient.) I started the trip in Seattle, working […]

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Storytelling in business and the effectiveness of ‘pizza’ meetings

Posted by  Stuart Reid —November 14, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My involvement with storytelling in business started back in 1998, when I joined the UK Audit Commission as a researcher. At that time, the Audit Commission was the public sector watchdog in the UK. It was well known for its hard-hitting and evidence-based research reports, which exposed poor performance, fraud and waste in the public […]

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Set ground rules for workshops or presentations like a master

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 30, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Billy Crystal steps forward on stage, smiles and in that familiar way a relative walks into your house and asks for a cup for tea, Billy says how much he loves Melbourne and launches into his first story (this is how I remember it). “You guys are so good with your cell phones. So respectful. […]

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How do we prosper in a changing business environment?

Posted by  David Green —June 10, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

Just four years ago, Peter took up the role of CEO of a company which for years had supplied maintenance services to the mining industry, called Mitchells Maintenance. The business came with over a thousand staff and a good reputation with its customers. The previous year, one of its contracts had gone awry. The board […]

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