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Stories Are All Around Us

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —February 18, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

I am constantly surprised of the most unlikely places and situations where you hear great stories. Last weekend the family and I were over in South Melbourne doing some shopping. I was standing in the queue to pay for an item (see, I know my place in the shopping process!) and was reading a handwritten […]

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Scott Berkun encourages storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 6, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

My friend Donal O Duibhir keeps an eye out for story-related tidbits for me (thanks Donal). Today he sent me this 5 min video of Scott Berkun describing how to deliver an Ignite talk (sounds just like a Pecha Kucha). He starts with “I think storytelling is everything …” Nice. You have my attention Scott. […]

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Announcing our business storytelling workshop series for 2011

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, News

It’s been a few years since we publicly ran our workshops in Australia. We’ve been focussed on delivering them internally to our clients. But in May this year we are running Storytelling for Business Leaders workshops in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Click here to find out more and to buy your tickets. Lots of […]

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A Fair Dinkum Way to Get Stories

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 27, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

During my first week here at Anecdote I sat in on an Anecdote Circle at a large Government Department here at Melbourne. It was the first time I had seen one of these run by Shawn and I was therefore very keen to see how he did it, and anything I could pick up and […]

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Five conditions that encourage stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 20, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

If you read this blog there is a good chance you firmly believe in the power of stories. You might have also come to the conclusion, like I have, that it’s mighty hard to find stories when you need them. A better strategy is to collect stories when they’re told, index them and be able […]

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The Uncanny Valley of Business Storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 4, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Why do some business storytelling efforts fail spectacularly? I hear sponsors of some of these failed attempts (they’re brave enough to call us in after their bad experience) saying, “storytelling just didn’t suit our culture” or “we just didn’t click with the person we brought in to help us.” I suspect these are merely superficial […]

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Anecdote’s Storytelling Workshop in London – Feb 2011

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 13, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

To register for this workshop visit http://anecdote-sbl-london-2011.eventbrite.com/ Wednesday 16th February 2011, 9am-5pm Seats are limited. Last year we sold out quickly. Please register to confirm your seat. “Last year when I ran this workshop in London two participants, Kevin and Greg, moved their families to Australia and Kevin is now working for Anecdote. So is […]

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How Story Collection Won the War

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —November 23, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I recently read a fascinating account of how story collection made a real difference in America winning the Second World War (or at least their part in it). Rob Yeung tells the story about the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and the psychologist John C. Flanagan in his recent book The Extra One Per […]

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In praise of imperfect stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 4, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My daughter and I recently watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show and our DVD has the option to play the audience participation sound track while you watch the movie. It brought back fond memories from the early eighties going to screenings where we would take our rice, water pistols, confetti and newspapers and for every […]

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Leadership at all levels

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 13, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I spend an enjoyable day yesterday at the AFR leadership conference in Sydney. The first speaker was Alex Malley, CEO of CPA Australia. Alex noted that all of us have childhood experiences that shape our views on leadership. He told a story about his first leadership experience. My recollection of his story is as follows: […]

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