October, 2018 | Published by Anecdote - Putting Stories to Work.
Welcome to the new and improved Anecdotally! In each edition we share three things: a story, a storytelling tip and an interesting article. Thanks for inspiring us Daniel Pink!
Reading time for this issue: 3 minutes
A STORY: U2 can protect your tribe
A few weeks ago Mark shared an emotional story from the band members of U2 on the Anecdotally Speaking podcast.
The story has been so well received we thought we would share it again!
You can watch Mark retell the story in 170 seconds by clicking on the image below.
You can listen to the original podcast and learn where to use this story here.
A TIP: 6 key elements which make a compelling story
We spent some time last month talking about what we think makes a compelling story. We came up with a list of six key elements!
Compelling stories must contain something unanticipated. Without this, we don’t really have a story, more a recount or a comment.
They are relevant and relatable to the audience.
They are detailed. We can envisage events as they occur.
They are emotional. We are able to empathise with the characters.
Compelling stories have narrative proximity and feel ‘close to home’. They might be about people of a similar age, lifestyle or circumstance, or they might have occurred in the local area.
Finally, they are told in a suspenseful manner and have us asking, ‘What happened next?!’
You can read our entire blog post on what makes a compelling story here.
AN ARTICLE: 'Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work' by Joseph Grenny
We recently read a great article by Joseph Grenny, titled ‘Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work.’
The article discusses how most of us tend to just ‘go through the motions’ without giving our all at work. As a consequence, we are less productive, and have less sense of purpose and less fun, than we would if we were enthusiastically giving more.
Fortunately, leaders can tell stories to reconnect employees with the purpose of their work. Stories tell us the consequences of our actions, including the impact we have on the people we serve through our work. A banker who has heard how his colleague helped a young family’s dream of owning a house come true will, of course, be more inspired to make such an impact than one who has not heard the story.