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How to turn every sales person into a top story-teller

How to turn every sales person into a top story-teller | Current Updates | Scoop.it
Top Sellers are Great Storytellers: A simple framework for harnessing the power of anecdotesWhat sets top sales people apart?

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 24, 2013 3:54 PM

Here is a niftly article that not only talks about the importance of storytelling in sales to boost the bottom line, but also includes a formula, and a free downloadable template.


Yeah!


The formula is pretty good. The only issue I have with it is that it still positions the company -- not the customer -- as the hero. We know that for max effectiveness, we want to make the customer the hero.


It is a subtle but important change -- because if the customer is the hero, your prospect will see themselves as the next potential hero. And your next customer. That is a good thing.


So how would you shift the formula given? In section 3, instead of saying "Working with their [key sponsor’s role], we helped them implement [brief description of our key capabilities] that allowed them to [brief description of benefits]" try this:


"Working with their [key sponsor’s role], our client was able to use our [brief description of our key capabilities]. As a result [share what THEY were able to accomplish] that allowed them to [brief description of benefits]."


That is only one suggestion. How else would you rewrite the formula to make the customer the hero of the story?


There are other good insights here and don't forget to download the free template!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Edna Campos's curator insight, February 1, 2013 1:27 PM

Muy buen articulo..

Trumans's curator insight, February 10, 2013 2:49 PM

The human psyche is tuned in to story telling - that's why books, songs, movies and TV are so popular - everyone loves a story. The best thing you can do in business is to know your story and then share it in a continuously enthralling way.... a la Coca Cola...

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Storytelling in Fundraising: When Your Donor Responds with These Five Simple Words, You’ve Succeeded

Storytelling in Fundraising: When Your Donor Responds with These Five Simple Words, You’ve Succeeded | Current Updates | Scoop.it
Books and articles on storytelling and narrative in fundraising are proliferating nearly as quickly as bad storytelling and narrative in fundraising (could there be a connection?). In an effort to ...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:02 PM

What a great post that reminds us what is most important in our business storytelling and how to achieve it -- whether it be in fundraising, sales, or marketing.


Are you following the Golden Theme? The Golden Theme for stories is: we are all the same.


If you can express the Golden Theme and do what the author Eric Foley suggests, you will have the Midas touch. 


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Michael Katz's curator insight, October 6, 2013 7:33 PM

It's all about making connections.

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Tell Stories & You'll Boost Sales (Because of How Human Brains Are Wired)

Tell Stories & You'll Boost Sales (Because of How Human Brains Are Wired) | Current Updates | Scoop.it

"Storytelling appeals to how the brain processes information. Here's five ways to make that work for your business. (Business Storytelling: Do you tell stories about your company and products to appeal to customers?"

 

Hey folks -- while the how-to tips are nothing new, what I do like about this post is the example the author, Geil Browning, shares about her business Founding Story (one of the core stories every business needs to tell). She tells it in an engaging way, you can experience the difference it makes when she's talking with clients about the 'why' behind her business.

 

Yeah! I always like really good examples to share with you. And I am sure that Geil's sales do increase because she is willing to tell this story.

 

So try it out! Geil's story should give you some good ideas for how to get started and craft your story.


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Structure Your Presentation Like a Story

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To win people over, create tension between the status quo and a better way.

 

Here is a quick and concise post on the essential elements of creating a presentation as a story from presentation master Nancy Duarte.

 

I love how she chunks the presentation down into manageable chunks and gives examples as we go along so we can really get it.

 

Now you have this template, there's no excuse for creating 'death by PowerPoint'!

 

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Giselle Hardt's curator insight, March 23, 2013 7:15 AM

Voici les principes que je ne cesse d'inculquer aux participants de mes formations...l'époque des présentations ennuyeuses et révolue, place au storytelling dans les présentations.

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For B2B Marketers, Building Relationships Trumps Blanket Approach - Story & Marketing

For B2B Marketers, Building Relationships Trumps Blanket Approach - Story & Marketing | Current Updates | Scoop.it
Content marketing is moving up the chain in importance for marketers, and that holds especially true for those in the B2B space.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 16, 2013 9:15 AM

OK -- here's another back-end approach to why storytelling is critical in business2business (B2B) sales and where companies can leverage stories for maximum value.


Yes, we know that sharing stories is the best process a business can use for creating relationships.


This study show how to use those stories (see the second chart):

Creating content based on specific business needs and solutions comes out on top. 74% of respondents say they create content based on these. So focus your storytelling here!


The rest of the chart is just as helpful. Here are a few:

  1. Craft your stories specific to industries or company types you are targeting.
  2. Create product descriptions in the form of stories.
  3. Develop buyer personas and then tailor your stories to them.


The third chart explains the respondents long-term online marketing strategy -- and this mirrors the points above.


Now here is the kicker: over 50% of B2B marketers said they didn't really know who they were targeting, or who they could sell to. LOL -- some days I feel the same! If you find yourself in that place, you are in good company. 


The take away is to keep figuring these 2 pieces out as you fine-tune your marketing and your stories -- they do inform each other.


Overall, there is great information here to help you market better with stories in 2013.


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Story Selling in A Winning B2B Integrated Marketing Campaign

Story Selling in A Winning B2B Integrated Marketing Campaign | Current Updates | Scoop.it

I've rescooped this article from fellow curator John Kratz because I thought it was so good. It is a great example of how a company ramped up business once it started sharing stories of its customers -- with customers as the heros. Take notes folks! And thanks John for finding and sharing this article.

 

The year is 2008 and you are in the Financial Services Business.

 

"How do you turn a quiet, sales-driven organization into a B2B marketing powerhouse?"

 

"Consider the story of Lincoln Financial Group, a traditionally sales-centric organization... The 106-year-old financial services, insurance, and annuities company..."

 

"Lincoln Financial had previously conducted research showing that the more people take charge of their lives, including their finances, the better they feel about the direction of their lives."

 

"While others in the category seemed to be drawn to using fear in their advertising, we felt the time was right to try a new, more optimistic approach."

 

"...the campaign showcased a video of women of all ages showing how they take charge of their lives and provided educational content to help women do just that. The PR focused on the research results. The Chief Life Officer ads continued the "take charge, optimistic theme," which was reinforced in social media.

 

"And how has the integrated campaign done?"

 

Read the success story here:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3002425/creating-winning-b2b-integrated-marketing-campaign


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The Last Brochure You’ll Ever Need -- Story Works

The Last Brochure You’ll Ever Need -- Story Works | Current Updates | Scoop.it

"Have you ever looked at your marketing materials and thought, “that’s not really me?” Been there. In fact, my (thankfully last) resume comes to mind. And, oddly, my mind wandered a bit, thinking how most marketing materials similarly fail to tell us what’s really unique about a brand."

 

Well, I am embarrassed to admit this, but the author of Story Works, Sharlene Sones, asked me to review her new e-book months ago -- and I am just now getting to it. My apologies Sharlene! But better late than never I guess.

 

I love this book. For several reasons:


Size & readabililty -- this book is constructed so you can easily flip through it. And it is laid out so it is easy to read and digest. Perfect! I can't tell you how many posts and e-books I ignore because the layout makes it too hard to read. And I wouldn't want to subject you to that either. Sharlene's book is a breeze to walk through.

 

Content -- Sharlene does a masterful job at guiding us through the business applications of story. She touches on everything from marketing/branding, unique proposition, sales, to leadership, culture, career development, and back. Whew! That's a lot of territory to cover. But she does it well.

 

Sharlene explains how story will make a difference in these areas -- and WHY it does. And she gives us tips for using story in several applications. As a bonus, there are lots of story quotes to add to your list, along with examples from companies to make her points.

 

What I particularly like is her focus on story as conversation -- and that story sharing is where the real leverage is in org story work.

 

I may quibble a bit on some of Sharlene's points -- are testimonials really stories? Depends on the definition you use. For me, not so much. But the bulk of Sharlene's material is so right on, I am not going to be so picky.

 

Sharlene also tackles 'engagement' as a topic and brings to light the story dynamics involved in that. I think there is still a lot to learn about storytelling and engagement in business, but this gives us a good start.

 

I wish there had been more focus on listening, too. Implied in Sharlene's book is how transformative stories can be in business. A lot of what she talks about is story at the transactional level -- even when story provides inspiration and meaning. For example -- when a business is really in the story groove, stories have the potential to change both the teller and listener. Story as transformation in business is the next frontier I think.

 

I could say more, but I'm running out of space. This book is inspirational and a good kick in the pants for bringing story into your core business activities. If you want a great e-book primer on business storytelling, this is it.

 

If you want to go deeper, dig into the books by Annette Simmons and Steve Denning.

 

You do have to buy this book. But you can also download a chapter for free. I have absolutely no affiliation with Sharlene other than we are colleagues and both went to grad school at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.

 

Happy reading!

 

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