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Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count | Coaching Leaders |
One of the most underrated parts of the creative process is remaining vulnerable says New York Times bestselling author Brenè Brown in this moving 99U talk.

Via Jasmin Rez
David Hain's insight:

Excellent, recommended!

Jasmin Rez's curator insight, November 27, 2013 12:14 AM

"Here's To Sweaty Creatives"  Brenè Brown 

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What is a Natural Storyteller?

What is a Natural Storyteller? | Coaching Leaders |

"You know that feeling, when you can’t wait to get home to tell your significant other about the crazy thing that just happened at work? The second you walk through the door, even before you kick off your pinchy-toe shoes, you’re saying, “You’re not going to believe this . . .” as you launch into the story, complete with revealing hand gestures, passion, and well timed pauses that effortlessly build to the riveting climax."

Via Gregg Morris, Karen Dietz
Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 12:37 PM
And many thanks to Denyse, Comeja, Two Pen's, and Os's additional comments pointing out the value of this article.
Ally Greer's curator insight, June 10, 2013 3:29 PM

Anyone who knows me knows that I love telling stories. (Usually more than once.) The above excerpt essentially describes every single day of my life. Sharing life experiences with people who mean something to me is what makes these experiences that much more exciting.

Read below, as Karen Dietz sums up my thoughts way better than I ever could. Thanks Karen and Gregg!

Dawn Mullen's curator insight, July 4, 2013 9:11 AM
I am a Realtor not a writer. I still have to use the story in both pictures and words to tell the story of a home I am selling. It is true a picture is worth a thousand words and together a picture and a caption should be not just information but a story. Call me. I can show you the difference.
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The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories

The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories | Coaching Leaders |
What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than others?

Via Karen Dietz, Richard Andrews, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
Victoria Garcia, Serial Entrepreneur's curator insight, April 13, 2013 2:04 PM

Public speaking is persuading, after all. Vic

Victoria Garcia, Serial Entrepreneur's comment, April 13, 2013 2:09 PM
Wow! What an interesting post. I learned long ago as a probation officer in Texas, I could send someone to prison on the same set of facts depending on the language I used. This is one of the best articles I've ever read on the topic.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 12:38 PM
Thanks Vicki! I'm so glad you found it both powerful and helpful. Hope you are doing well :)
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Bill Harley Explains Why Technology Cannot Replace In-Person Storytelling -- for anyone

Bill Harley, a Friend, storyteller, author, songwriter, teaching artist; two-time Grammy winning artist in the spoken word category; Lifetime Achievement awa...

Via Karen Dietz, Denyse Drummond-Dunn
Laurence Roelants's comment, February 8, 2013 5:59 AM
This was magic! thanks!!
Elsemiek Meijs's curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:09 AM

Wow! Please take 13 minutes and forget everything else.

streetsmartprof's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:17 AM

Make sure to read the insight by Karen Dietz, the 1st one posted.


This is well worth 13 minutes. They say time stands still during a good story. Look at your watch after Bill understands the boy in the back of the room, you may be surprised...

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Leading Through The Power Of Persuasion & Storytelling

Leading Through The Power Of Persuasion & Storytelling | Coaching Leaders |
Taking part in the adventure of persuading others, sweeping them up into an idea, an unexpected action or an unproven vision, is a wonderful experience. The ability to create excitement all around you is what leadership is about.


Good grief -- I like some of what this article says but there is one glaring error: the confusion between persuasion and influence, particularly for leaders.


So what the heck is the difference between the two, why is it important, and what has it got to do with storytelling?


Well -- persuasion is getting someone to do something. Parents use persuasion all the time: "Finish your dinner or you won't get dessert." Or "Sit Fido and you'll get a treat!" Bosses use persuasion too: "Finish this report by X date or forget that promotion." We all use persuasion.


Influence however, is the power or capacity to cause an effect in indirect or intangible ways. Influence is more often 'showing' what needs to be done which then moves someone to take action -- hopefully in a desireable way.


There are many facets to influence including reciprocity, commitment, social proof and others (see Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by R. Cialdini, 2006).


Leadership at the highest levels is about influence, not persuasion. Management is about persuasion. Confusing persuasion and influence creates leadership that can feel more like manipulation than willing participation.


Storytelling -- IMHO -- lies squarly in the camp of influence. And leaders definitely need to master storytelling as an way to both engage and influence.


The list this author has created for leaders to focus on to be persuasive is mostly all about influential qualities to imbue in a leader's storytelling. Except the first one -- threats and consequences. Outlining global consequences if an organization does not change can be part of an influential conversation. Threats, not so much. That's pure persuasion.


Go read the rest of the list and let me know what you think!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at ;

Via Karen Dietz, Amy Melendez
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Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each

Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each | Coaching Leaders |

Just how many types of stories are there, you ask? The answer is, as usual, it depends who you ask. Various storytelling aficionados categorize stories in different ways, and there are no hard and fast rules.


These are overviews of each (read the full article for more details and prompts to help you come up with each type of story):

1. Introducing me

2. Conveying values

3. Teaching

4. Jumpstarting action

5. Inspiring


Here's the link to the full article: ;


These 5 broad categories and the examples shared in each are really good and will build a good foundation for leadership storytelling. According to Paul Smith in his forthcoming book on leadership storytelling "Lead With A Story" (August 20112), there are actually 21 different categories/applications for leaders to know about and use.


But this article brings clarity to the topic and will definitely get you started!


Thank you to fellow curator Gimli Goose for this article!

Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), Karen Dietz
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If You Don't Like Your Future, Rewrite Your Past -- Story Wisdom

If You Don't Like Your Future, Rewrite Your Past -- Story Wisdom | Coaching Leaders |

If you don't like how things are going, tell a different story. Sometimes strategic change just means taking something from the periphery — an anomaly, a demonstration, a small innovation — and redefining it as central.


Truer words could not be said!


When it comes to organizational storytelling, updating or rewriting a narrative is essential work sometimes. The stories we tell about ourselves and share -- whether as an enterprise, small biz, or nonprofit -- shape the results we experience. 


Want different results? Then shift your stories. Rewrite them (don't fabricate -- still be authentic) to emphasize different qualities. Or find new/different stories to tell altogether.


This is particularly important when, as the author Rosabeth Moss Kanter says, the current narratives inhibit rather than inspire.


This is a quick article with really good examples and important insights that I know you will enjoy.


So that leaves the following question on the table -- What biz stories do you carry that need to be rewritten? 


Read the full article here:


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at ;

Via Karen Dietz
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How to Create a Life-Changing Presentation

How to Create a Life-Changing Presentation | Coaching Leaders |
Life-changing presentations share a set of common attributes. In this guest post, John Richardson elaborates on his SPARK method.


What a nice recap of the elements that create a compelling presentation -- you know, those presentations that are meaningful to you in some, keep you inspired, and spark action on your part.



Via Karen Dietz, Richard Andrews
Rowan Norrie's comment, March 16, 2012 4:02 AM
so true Karen! The most memorable presentation I ever heard was about Harley Davidson. The stage was empty and suddently the space was filled with the roar of a Harley. The speaker then drove onto the stage. Talk about kinesthetic! He told the heartwarming Harley story with ups and downs. When he showed the video of thousands of bikes driving through a town on one of their rallies, there was a lump in my throat.

That presentation must have been about 15 years ago, and I still remember it.

Have a good weekend!
Karen Dietz's comment, March 16, 2012 12:08 PM
What an amazing experience Rowan! Wish I had been there with you to see it myself. Sounds awesome! I've got some talks coming up and my creative juices are flowing :)
Karen Dietz's comment, March 17, 2012 9:19 AM
Thank you Gisele for re-scooping this article! Have a wonderful day :)
Curated by David Hain
People and Change consultant, 25 years experience in Organisation Development. Executive coach. Very experienced facilitator and team developer.