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Story quote of the week

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —May 11, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

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Letting a story do the work

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —May 9, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

Shawn and I have spent the last couple of days working with a client helping them create their strategic story down in the Mornington Peninsula. There are certainly worse places in the world to spend a couple of days than at a winery in such a beautiful spot. It was a throughly enjoyable off-site, made […]

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Jonathan Gottschall is turning business storytelling into a toothless tiger

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 4, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Jonathan Gottschall, a literary scholar, has just written a piece for Fast Company called Why Storytelling is the Ultimate Weapon and in the process has set back the field of business storytelling with his emphasis on fictitious stories. I can imagine that being a literary scholar gets Jonathan entwined in myths and legends and literary […]

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Telling Stories Puts Our Brains in Sync

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 1, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Greg Stephens, Lauren Silbert and Uri Hasson are Princeton University neuroscientists who in 2010 conducted a series of experiments showing that an audience’s brains light up (imagine they are all in a fMRI machine) the same way as the presenter’s brain when she tells a story. In their words, “Speaker and listener brain activity exhibits […]

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More thoughts on why we retell stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 13, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

The following few paragraphs are part of an exercise I’m doing with Madelyn Blair. We’re writing an Essay in Two Voices, a format invented by Madelyn and Victoria Ward I believe. Here, however, you’re only hearing one voice, mine. My first part (500 words) is here. Here is my second part (250), which is partly […]

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Venue announced – The Harvard Club of Boston

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —April 10, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, News

We can now confirm the venue for our ‘Storytelling for Business Leaders’ workshops in Boston, on the 5th June, is the Harvard Club of Boston. It is a truly stunning venue. Full details about it can be found here. If only those walls could talk! To read more about the course itself and to make […]

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Triggering stories and action through competition

When asked for the secret of his success in the steel industry, American industrialist Charles Schwab (1862-1939) always talked about using praise, not criticism, giving liberal bonuses for work well done, and “appeal[ing] to the American spirit of conquest in my men, the spirit of doing things better than anyone has ever done them before.” […]

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Story triggering – reinforcing beliefs

I did a blog post in February about reconnecting with an old friend of mine, and how she is one of the most gifted storytellers I know. In that post I said I would be sharing some more of her stories, and here is one she shared with me recently. A few years back, I […]

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Some initial thoughts on why we retell stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 29, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

As soon as I walked into our office I wanted to tell Kevin the story Hugh Grant told on Graham Norton’s talk show last night. It was a funny little story; an embarrasing stituation for Hugh in a French train toilet. It made me laugh. And when I told it to Kevin we both laughed […]

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Storytelling for business leaders workshop – Boston, MA

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 21, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I am very pleased to announce that I will be running one of our ‘Storytelling for Business Leaders’ workshops in Boston, MA on the 5th June, 2012. I am coming to the US for a three day course at Harvard with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey around their fantastic book Immunity to Change, and thought […]

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