Archive for the ‘Business storytelling’ Category


Building your analogy repertoire

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 30, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Collaborative conversations are characterised by people building on each other’s ideas, one idea sparking another. I saw a good example last week while helping a group design some small interventions they could experiment with in their organisation to improve communications. The conversation went something like this: “We could do a 10 minute spot at the […]

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I know what you are thinking stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 26, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Many business audiences like to hear stories that are directly relevant. So if you are a civil engineer, for example, it’s likely you’re not that interested in stories about electrical engineers. But sometimes (actually quite often in the case of innovation) there are great lessons to be learned from another discipline. In these cases it […]

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Women’s memories are more speech-filled than men’s

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 24, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Contrary to popular belief, new research is showing that woman don’t talk more than men (see here and here). They do, however, recall more of what was said than blokes when asked to recount their experiences. We must have plenty of examples or these verbatim recollections in the stories we’ve collected over the years. Richard […]

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Lessons from Lewis & Clark—a new white paper is coming

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 15, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

David Drake and I have written a new white paper describing a narrative approach to successful organisational change. We’ve built on our three journeys metaphor, which you might remember was inspired by the epic exploration of the the US West by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Apart from describing the three journeys we’ve drawn a […]

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The one-arm boy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 11, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

There was a boy who was born without a right arm. On his ninth birthday he asked his parents if he could join a karate club. They were delighted by the idea and the boy quickly became a regular at the local dojo. The boy wanted to compete in a tournament and asked his master […]

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Global Storytelling – Pangea Day

Posted by  chandni —May 7, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

May 10 is Pangea Day. A great opportunity to get inspired! Storytellers from all over the world will tell their stories about humanity to humanity. 24 short films have been selected (from the thousands submitted) based on their ability to inspire, transform, and help us see the world through another person’s eyes. Check out this […]

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Storytelling event in Washington

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 3, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

My friend Madelyn Blair is busily preparing for two great storytelling events in Washington that start on the 9 May. I believe there are 30 seats left now so you still register to attend For Goldenfleece Day08 go to For Smithsonian Event, May 9 go to I wish I could make it because […]

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Communicate with impact

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 23, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Imagine presenting without PowerPoint. No slides, no bullet points – just a persuasive message that changes opinion and makes an impact. The PowerPoint alternative is simple – stories. Whenever you present or communicate, your stories will help you communicate your ideas more meaningfully. That’s why global brands such as AXA, Harley Davidson and Nike are […]

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Revealing character

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 20, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Recently we’ve been helping people find stories from their life that help give others an insight into the type of person they are. Annette Simmons calls these stories, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Why am I here?’ stories. They are most useful when you meet people for the first time because the two questions they’re likely […]

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2020 Summit—storytelling advice to summiteers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 14, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

The Australia 2020 Summit promises to bring together the nation’s best and brightest brains in a bid to discover new ideas to take the country forward. For those attending it will be an opportunity to make their mark. The Summit is a big event, full of big IQs and bigger egos – it’s tough to […]

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