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RSA Animate - Re-Imagining Work

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem -- and could it also be part of the solution? Dav...
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RSA turn out some real thought provokers.  In my opinion this is one of their best. It challenges the way we work.  Are we 'too busy just being busy'?  Has the internet liberated us or shackled us down?  What about the tyranny of email?  The omniprescence of technology? In the end we as individuals need to take control of our own lives.  Switch of emails over the weekend if emails on the weekend are adding to our stress. Have email free days in the office where people get up and talk with each other face to face. Effective communication takes effort and consideration it is not about communication by osmosis. Communication sticks because it is well thought out not because of luck or by accident. Excellent video to share at your next meeting for people to discuss. 

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Rules, Discipline, and the Paradox of Creativity

Rules, Discipline, and the Paradox of Creativity | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
Rules are tricky. In creative work, they are an artist's best friend and worst enemy. This is the paradox of creativity and discipline.
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A must read for not only those who work in the 'create on demand world' as Todd Henry of The Accidentla Creative calls it but more importantly those who perhaps manage or lead creative teams.  It will help you better understand how to get the best out of them. Four key points above everything else that Jeff Goins is saying:

Discipline is an artist’s ally. Following the rules is not the same as discipline. Rules aren’t necessarily bad. There comes a point when the rules must be broken. I now have this above my computer screen as a reminder.
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Dangerous Ideas

Dangerous Ideas | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
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I love this book and would have even if I had to pay for it! Which I didn't because Alf Rehn is offering them free. This is not any ordinary book on creativity.  It is about dangerous ideas and how they are the only ones that really make a difference. Innovation is not found in the comfort zone.

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Tips to boost Your Creativity | Rain Is Raining

Tips to boost Your Creativity | Rain Is Raining | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
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Just a little bit more than the usual 'bleedin' obvious' tips that you get about being more creative. Mostly the tips are about not seeing creativity as a solo activity - keep your audience in mind or in fact think like your audience.

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If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story

If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
In a world of abundance, an authentic, meaning-rich story can drive a company's margins up.
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Thanks to Shawn Callahan from Anecdote for finding this one. Can you measure the power and impact of storytelling - this article raises the questions and although it doesn't answer it categorically it give s the debate a pretty good kick start.  I think that we should ask the question as to what measures are there for when we don't tell a story.  What do you think? 

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Storytelling is the top issue for 483 Corporate Communications Execs

Storytelling is the top issue for 483 Corporate Communications Execs | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
In the latest findings from Incite, we rank the top 5 issues for corporate communications execs.

Via Kathy Hansen
Peter (PJ) Fulcher-Meredith's insight:

What can I add that hasn't already been said? I am not as eloquent a Karen but let me say firstly we should forget all the hype and 'buzz word' stuff around storytelling it is a furphy (Australian slang for a rumour, or something erroneous). Storytelling in one way shape or form has been with us since we were painting pictures on caves. It is not something we have discovered all of a sudden - it has been and is always there. Great practitioners like Karen Dietz , Stephen Denning, Annette Simmons and Shawn Callahan from Anecdoe are trying to help leaders 'rediscover' the art of storytelling. Storytelling in business is not easy, it takes consideration, care and effort and a shift the model of selfish presentations (all about me and my message) to generous presentations where you are aware of and care about your audience. A story is something you gift to your audience that they can take away and make their own and be inspired to pass it on. I have been doing this for nearly 30 years now and any success I have had has not been due to me but because of opne minded clients who have had the courage willingness to put their trust in me, put in the hard work and change the way they present. Storytelling is the antithesis of communication by osmosis. Unless business leaders have an appetite for the work and care about their audience - keep firing the bullet points into the air! 

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Parker Donat's curator insight, September 21, 2013 12:52 PM

I think this issue is confusing for executives. They may think this is only a face to face presentation form of storytelling when I think the focus should also be on the multimedia delivery of storytelling to for internal and external communication. 

Karen Dietz's comment, September 22, 2013 10:43 AM
Hi Parker -- I appreciate you adding your voice here. In my experience, executives are too quick to put their stories into digital media. The ability to build a personal connection is lost when doing so. There are times when moving a story into digital media is important, but far greater value is created when sharing stories in person.
OLAJUMOKE's curator insight, September 26, 2013 7:47 AM

Being able to captivate your sub without boring them.

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Deep Purple in Rock: Improvisation and discipline in Business

Deep Purple in Rock:  Improvisation and discipline in Business | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
What can we learn from hard rock band Deep Purple about the gentle (and not so gentle) art of improvisation. Find out here.
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Follow Peter Cook the Rock n Roll Business Blogger his insights and perspective are fresh if not refreshing and the whole business of the Rock n Roll business is a powerful and sticky hook. Read Brands that Rock by Roger Blackwell (Author), Tina Stephan (Author) it is a ripping read and is very much in the vein of Peter Cook's blogg if you like it.  By the way the first album (vinyl 1.0) was Deep Purple in Concert when they played with the London Symphony Orchestra @ the Royal Albert Hall. What a blast!!!

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SEVEN STEPS TO PERFECT STORIES???

SEVEN STEPS TO PERFECT STORIES??? | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
From structure and plot to heroes and characters, your story must have everything in place if it's to connect with the reader. Follow our guide to storytelling success.

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:48 AM

Great graph and a way to geet your story told

Vnay Thoke's curator insight, August 28, 2013 4:17 AM

Perfect for amatuer writers.

Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:38 AM

Nice infographic

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Demonstrating the Simplicity of Storytelling

Demonstrating the Simplicity of Storytelling | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
Lev Kuleshov edited a montage of pictures together to tell three different stories. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gGl3LJ7vHc The Russian  was praised for his film and the actor for the way he was...
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If you ever wanted to proved that Context is King in communication read this post and view the video. It is all about context - content is what we need to contextualise

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The 10 Commandments of Presentations

The 10 Commandments of Presentations | Curious thinking | Scoop.it

Via Baiba Svenca
Peter (PJ) Fulcher-Meredith's insight:

Thanks for this.  Nice writing.  Thou shalt be real and authentic. Thou shalt know thy audience as thou knowest thyself

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Karen Dietz's comment, July 27, 2013 6:14 PM
Glad you like it Jesus!
Marie-Brigitte Souci's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:45 PM

Great post and imagination. #BRIGITTESOUCI

Marie-Brigitte Souci's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:45 PM

#BRIGITTESOUCI

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27 creativity and innovation tools - in one-pagers!

27 creativity & innovation tools is an overview of various commonly used techniques in creativity, innovation, research & development processes. All in one-pag
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Thanks ever so much Marc and Ramon. Seek and ye shall find.  I was looking for a basic list of creativity techniques and there it was on Slideshare.  Great Share!

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The Presenter Manifesto : 8 Distinctions of a World Class Presenter...

A compilation of proven distinctions on what makes a World-Class Presenter. Written by Eric Feng, Presentation Coach ( http://ericfeng.com ) and Designed by Sli
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I really like the clarity and simplicity of the design and it really makes you want to read all 54 slides why because there is a narrative in there kicking it along.  Thanks to ericfeng.com  love your work

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Presenting Like The Artist

Silent movies are the essence of visual storytelling. Let "The Artist" inspire your next presentation. If you have not seen this movie yet, go and see it !
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More great stuff from Emiland. Powerpoint is not document software it is a tool to support you telling of the right story.We should should be aspiring to the quality of Nancy Duarte http://www.duarte.com/ and Garr Reynolds http://www.garrreynolds.com/Presentation/index.html. who use a vigourous process to communicate with potency not impotency. Talking pictures tell stories.

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Preparing for Layoff | Personal Branding Blog - Dan Schawbel

Preparing for Layoff | Personal Branding Blog - Dan Schawbel | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
Be prepared to find a new job after an unexpected layoff.
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Alway be prepared.  When the number crunchers are crunching, you never know when your number is up. It is interesting if not a bit befuddling that often the best and most talented people in an organisation are the ones made redundant, sacked whatever you want to call it. All in the name of restructure. This is some pertinent advice for all of us - no one is safe. After 24 years of loyal service I was told I was an outstanding contributor to the organisation my role no longer existed.  Did my role define me? No. I am now doing the best and most valuable work of my career and enjoying it a trillion times more.  Layoffs, redundancies.  Honestly, bring it on! You will never look back. 

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A Compact Shed Makes Room for Storage, Creativity and Style

A Compact Shed Makes Room for Storage, Creativity and Style | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
With a tidy workspace, neatly hidden trash cans and even a mini patio, this inspired shed meets everything on a creative couple's wish list
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In Australia everyman dreams of his 'shed'. I would love one of these. 

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How to kill creativity

For the last year, I've been doing lots of talks on my book 'A User Guide to the Creative Mind'. They've been focused on how to understand the creative process
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If for no other reason watch this slideshare to listen to Dave Birss accent.  Could listen too it for ever.  The apporach and content to working with creativity is novel and engaging. So many organisations tak about innovation and creativity but how many are set up to handle it?  Not many if we are to believe Dave. 

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The Problem with Procurement

The Problem with Procurement | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
To be treated like a strategic partner, start acting like one.
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Nice simple piece of survey that supports previous posts on how current models of procurement are an impediment to innovation.  My experience with procurement departments in the past has been horrendous.  As a creative practictioner the criteria was heavily weighted to price as the key 'value' and dealing with people who had an open disrespect for tenderers who didn't play the game by their rules. Many opportunities to respond with really innovative solutiion were thwarted because of really limited terms of reference and quite frankly incompetent procurement managers.

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The Art of Purposeful Storytelling

Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment Group, explains how to establish an emotional connection with any audience.
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Here is a guy who 'walks the talk'.  How infectious is passionate enthusiasm. Salient 6 minutes of wisdom that all leaders should watch to get a better understanding of what storytelling is.  It may be just a start but hey, better now than never.

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David Lusion's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:28 AM

CEO of Sony Entertainment talks about how storytelling is an essential part of trigguring emotional cues with media users, he stresses to say that authenticity is a key element to getting noticed by the user, where if they relate to/feel the story teller is authentic, they become emotionally involved with what is being said, secondly he mentions that every story has a goal, and these goals should be targeted toward the right people that can relate to the story/goal. This can apply to anything from a targeted movie, to targeted advertising.

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5 Powerful Ways to Open a Presentation

5 Powerful Ways to Open a Presentation | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
We've all been there before: staring at the glow of your blank computer screen with no idea on how to open or start your talk. For starters, you should never be staring at PowerPoint with no clear ...
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Much more useful than your average presentation tip list. I am green with envy that I hadn't thought of them first.

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Info Graphics Goodness

Info Graphics Goodness | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
A Handy Visual Guide To Running Effective Meetings
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This is a must read for all of us. Forget about Death by Powerpoint.  Bad meetings are the *WMD's of the corporate world.

 

*(Weapons of Mass Destruction)

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Cut through B2B noise with effective storytelling [infographic] | Alltop

Cut through B2B noise with effective storytelling [infographic] | Alltop | Curious thinking | Scoop.it

How do you make the voice of your business heard over the din online? By telling your story.  Take a look at the full infographic to see the process broken down into five easy steps:

1. show, don't tell

2. make sure your message doesn't get skimmed

3. manage information for your audience

4. don't let your brand get lost in marketing overload

5. don't let your information get lost in different places


Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Peter (PJ) Fulcher-Meredith's insight:

Another exhibit on offer to prove that storytelling is the most powerful tool that a communicator can use. Nice infographic approach.  About to pin this on my wall.

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Karen Dietz's comment, July 25, 2013 1:40 PM
Glad you like it Samuel!
Bad Spoon's curator insight, July 26, 2013 1:59 AM

Les avantages du storytelling dans un environnement marketing B2B surchargé, sous la forme d'une infographie

Grondin Samuel's curator insight, July 26, 2013 2:57 AM
Comment faites-vous la voix de votre entreprise entendu dans le vacarme en ligne? En racontant votre histoire. Jetez un oeil à la pleine infographie pour voir le processus décomposé en cinq étapes faciles:

1. montrer, ne pas dire

2. assurez-vous que votre message ne soit pas écrémé

3. gérer les informations pour votre auditoire

4. ne laissez pas votre marque se perdre dans la surcharge de commercialisation

5. ne laissez pas vos informations se perdre dans des endroits différents
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Innovation Blueprint - BLOG - 31 BENIFITS OF HUMOUR TO BUSINESS

Innovation Blueprint - BLOG - 31 BENIFITS OF HUMOUR TO BUSINESS | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
In this little blog I wanted to share with you a colleague of mine who really kno...
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A great piece of Aussie wisdom from Rodney Marks who knows more about humour as a communication medium than just about anybody. Humour is an advanced form of storytelling and those who believe that humour has no strategic place in a professional business setting are missing a magic ingredient. Humour is an everyday part of life. Deny it and you risk becoming a cardboard cut-out of yourself.

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Entrepreneurs Face Serious Communication Barriers

Entrepreneurs Face Serious Communication Barriers | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
University of Manchester, home of Emeritus Professor of Management, Derek Torrington (photo: Wikipedia) Most startup mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and...
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This advice is not just for entrepreneurs.  It is for all bsuiness presenters. It is not about you and your agenda. It is about your audience. Otherwise just present to the mirror then everyone is happy. Context is king and the audience engagement is why you present. 

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Presentations Infographic: Making Your Message Stick

Presentations Infographic: Making Your Message Stick | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
With over 350 Powerpoint presentations given each second across the globe, how does one go about making theirs stand out from all the others?

Via Karen Dietz, Richard Lock, Nils Vesk
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With the plethora of books, videos and training programs that are around making it even more confusing here is a breath of fresh air.  A nice simple easy to follow infographic that may just help you nail your next prezo. Nice one.

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Audrey's comment, August 15, 2013 4:20 PM
Thank you. I am using the format for my presentations
Audrey's comment, August 15, 2013 4:20 PM
Thank you. I am using the format for my presentations
Karen Dietz's comment, August 16, 2013 4:28 PM
How wonderful Audrey! I hope you do really well :)
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Why Your Brand Storytelling Must Start With Human Resources

Why Your Brand Storytelling Must Start With Human Resources | Curious thinking | Scoop.it
Employees are more than brand ambassadors; they're promise keepers. Learn why we need to alter our recruiting processes to enable our internal teams to help tell our brand stories.
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Your people are the storytellers for your brand. There are more of them than you. Make sure they understand the brand as well as you think you do or you might get a rude shock that the conversations around your brand are not what you want to hear. As David Grossman from The Grossman Group says, "You can't not communicate." You are communicating all the time whether you think you are or not.

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