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Why you should avoid having text on your slides when you are talking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 29, 2019
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Last week I was working with a client in Sydney, preparing a senior leader to present a new strategy to their people using a strategy story. We designed the presentation so that the strategy story could be told without slides. We wanted the leader to just talk with their employees about the strategy and why […]

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Five lessons on how to be a great presenter

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 28, 2019
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication, Events

Last week, Shawn and I spent the day together at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The morning speaker was Patrick Lencioni, author of ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ and ten other books. The Wall Street Journal has described Lencioni as “one of the most in demand speakers in America”. It’s easy to understand why. He […]

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How to use storytelling for deeply analytic and scientific communities

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 23, 2019
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Last month I had the opportunity to give a 90-minute talk to 16 Silicon Valley CEOs in San Jose. They all believed in business storytelling and wanted to dig into the practicalities of the skill. One of the questions they had was, ‘How do you do storytelling with deeply analytic and scientific communities, both internally […]

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How to build fast rapport with a connection story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 15, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

As a leader, you often need to establish a rapport with others, to connect with them. It might be when you meet new people in an office or when you give a presentation or a talk. In each case, the other people will want to know who you are and what you stand for. They […]

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Knowing everyone is on the same page

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 17, 2018
Filed in Communication, Strategy

Warning: This article contains explicit language. Do not read if you might be offended. Have you ever had the feeling that you and your colleagues are all on the same page, and you feel good about how everyone understands what’s happening? I had an experience last week that illustrates just how illusory that feeling can […]

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What might Amazon’s six-page narrative structure look like?

A lot has been written recently about how Jeff Bezos and his executives run their meetings. Amazon has made it very public that their senior team (the S Team) has banned PowerPoint, and that each meeting starts with a six-page narrative memo which the executives read and absorb for up to 30 minutes before the […]

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Using stories to reveal valuable insights in an organisation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 22, 2018
Filed in Communication, Culture

We’ve recently been doing some work around diversity and inclusion for a project with a large construction company. An insight we’ve taken away from this project is how much leaders can be shielded from the underlying issues in their company. No-one wants to worry or disappoint the senior leadership because it could make them seem […]

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Creating powerful moments to trigger stories in the workplace

We recently began an Anecdote book club for the office. For our first book, we read The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. The authors, Chip and Dan Heath, wanted to explain what a moment is and how you can purposefully create these moments to have more impact on things like a […]

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Storytelling tips you can try: you can influence people easier when you know their ‘why’

Posted by  Shelley Fenech —November 24, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Communication

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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Tell me a story: How accountants can harness the power of storytelling

The numbers tell the story. At least, that’s what many accountants would have us believe. “Accountants are so used to talking in numbers, we forget to contextualise what it is all about,” says Grant Anderson CA, head of government relationships at Xero in New Zealand. “Storytelling is so fundamental, particularly if you can hook into […]

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