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The Most Powerful Thing About You -- Your Story

The Most Powerful Thing About You -- Your Story | Coaching Leaders |

The most powerful thing about you is your story. But don't talk about yourself all the time; you'll be a bore.

Well, that all depends on whether it is all about you bring the "center of attention" or the "center or exposure". "Exposure" mesans being vulnerable and also being willing to be changed by the story. That is what this article is really all about. And it is also the essence of the talk I am on my way to give at the Pacificaa Graduate Iinstitute's conference on transformational leaderships this weekend.

The questions posed here will help you keep on track and avoid situations where you end ups telling your story from your ego instead of the place of service. It is a great checklist to keep in your back pocket.

Happy story telling!

Thank you Richard Andrews for recommending this article :)

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

Via Karen Dietz
Ken Morrison's comment, June 7, 2012 6:11 PM
I love the Leadership Freak blog. Thanks for sharing.
Karen Dietz's comment, June 7, 2012 11:44 PM
Glad you like it Ken! Thanks for re-scooping the article. Have a great weekend :)
Rescooped by David Hain from Just Story It! Biz Storytelling!

The Five Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make in Speaking (no stories)

The Five Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make in Speaking (no stories) | Coaching Leaders |
Most CEOs are not inspiring. After years of working with leaders in business, it's hard to come to any other conclusion.


The 5 mistakes listed here are right on -- I experience them all the time when working with my coaching clients.


Number 4 is -- CEOs don't tell stories. That's for sure.

Number 5 is -- CEO's reading speeches instead of talking authentically with their audiences.

Number 3 is -- they are too stiff (that comes from not telling stories or not knowing how to tell stories)

Number 2 is -- they don't write their own material. No one can write your personal stories for you, BTW.

Number 1 is -- CEOs are not conveying a vision. Hey, we want to be inspired!


Well, for sure many business people of all types suffer from the same mistakes. So what to do? Find the stories you are passionate about telling, learn to tell them well and authentically, leave the notes at home, and please -- don't practice in front of a mirror! That's the kiss of death.


There are many more insights here in this article about how these mistakes show up for people, so go grab them.


Review written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at ;

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Rescooped by David Hain from Success Leadership!

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.