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5 Ways To Have Great Conversations Full of Stories

5 Ways To Have Great Conversations Full of Stories | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Is conversation a lost art? Here's how to bring it back--from placing yourself in the right environment to listening the right way.

Via Karen Dietz
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Storytelling connects us with our audiences in memorable ways.

 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 28, 4:54 PM

If you want to live a richer personal life, and if you want relationships with customers that are long lasting, then mastering how to have great conversations is the key.


Lots happens in conversations -- and storytelling is one of them. Of course conversations give us opportunities to tell our stories. But even better -- they are terrific vehicles for listening for stories. In fact, what happens in conversations is swapping stories back and forth as we share them. By swapping stories we deepen our relationships and have more fruitful and meaning interactions. It's how we win friends and influence others (and get influenced ourselves!).


So here's a terrific and quick article about 5 ways to set great conversations in motion. It's a handy cheat sheet to keep handy or memorize.


Here's hoping you have fabulous conversations this weekend!


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

Theophilus's curator insight, March 29, 4:19 AM

These insights are quite transferable to education - maybe that is where it should start. Too little emphasis is placed on listening skills when it comes to great conversations. Mortimer Jerome Adler wrote an amazing book many years ago called, "How to Listen, How to Speak". With his focus on civil dialogue, it could be a handy supplement to the insights from this article.


David Hain's curator insight, March 29, 4:34 AM

Have a conversation filled weekend!

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Guest Blogging Pitfalls You Need To Avoid Right Now

Guest Blogging Pitfalls You Need To Avoid Right Now | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Guest blogging is often referred to as the holy grail of SEO and online reputation management. When you guest blog, you give a valuable piece of information that is held in high repute and is also
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Jason Mudd, APR, Axia Public Relations, nails it in this advice for guest bloggers.

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7 useless words to banish from your copy

7 useless words to banish from your copy | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Vagaries and hyperboles diminish rather than augment your marketing message. Here’s a batch you should ditch.
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It can be very difficult to convince a client or boss not to use these words. They're deeply ingrained in the mindset of many marketers.

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36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing

36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
As Strunk and White famously admonished, ‘Omit needless words.’ Here are some worth omitting.
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These are phrases editors love to chop:

 

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General public

 

Even the best writers (and speakers) need a refresher on these. I'm keeping the full list next to my desk.

 

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8 successful headlines—and the psychology behind them

8 successful headlines—and the psychology behind them | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why how-to or numbered-list headlines get so many clicks? Here’s your answer.
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Some of these are classic headlines techniques, but there are some new twists you should know.

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10 Ways Blogs Can Generate Business | AccountingWEB

10 Ways Blogs Can Generate Business | AccountingWEB | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Everyone seems to have a blog today, but is it really worth your time? Yes, a blog can bring in new business, but as these 10 steps show, you have to know how to do it right.
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Scott Cytron is a colleague and a true communications pro. He offers excellent advice here.

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5 Ways To Have Great Conversations Full of Stories

5 Ways To Have Great Conversations Full of Stories | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Is conversation a lost art? Here's how to bring it back--from placing yourself in the right environment to listening the right way.

Via Karen Dietz
Susan Burnell's insight:

Storytelling connects us with our audiences in memorable ways.

 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 28, 4:54 PM

If you want to live a richer personal life, and if you want relationships with customers that are long lasting, then mastering how to have great conversations is the key.


Lots happens in conversations -- and storytelling is one of them. Of course conversations give us opportunities to tell our stories. But even better -- they are terrific vehicles for listening for stories. In fact, what happens in conversations is swapping stories back and forth as we share them. By swapping stories we deepen our relationships and have more fruitful and meaning interactions. It's how we win friends and influence others (and get influenced ourselves!).


So here's a terrific and quick article about 5 ways to set great conversations in motion. It's a handy cheat sheet to keep handy or memorize.


Here's hoping you have fabulous conversations this weekend!


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

Theophilus's curator insight, March 29, 4:19 AM

These insights are quite transferable to education - maybe that is where it should start. Too little emphasis is placed on listening skills when it comes to great conversations. Mortimer Jerome Adler wrote an amazing book many years ago called, "How to Listen, How to Speak". With his focus on civil dialogue, it could be a handy supplement to the insights from this article.


David Hain's curator insight, March 29, 4:34 AM

Have a conversation filled weekend!

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Do You Create or Destroy Value? - Communication World

Do You Create or Destroy Value? - Communication World | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Recent research into communication practices suggests that only half of communicators say all their work is aligned to corporate strategy and goals. Are you one of the 50 percent? This arresting statistic is based on the “#11ways Benchmarking Database,” a report I recently developed with Michael Ambjorn. The database covers 81 organizations, across 10 countries, with approximately ...More
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Only 50% of communicators align all their work to strategy and goals? Might be time for a refresher.

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The Five Most Brilliant Words in Crisis Management

The Five Most Brilliant Words in Crisis Management | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
While looking to help in a crisis situation with a meeting planner, motivational speaker Linda Larsen learned the five most brilliant words to use to make your client less stressed and very happy
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You can communicate your competence in a crisis with just five words, says motivational speaker Linda Larsen.

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12 most damaging things to say to a journalist

12 most damaging things to say to a journalist | Effective Communication | Scoop.it
Don't tell a reporter you want to approve what he writes, or that you have an exclusive when you plan to give the story to other reporters. You'll only hurt your credibility.
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I've been on the journalist side, and these are on the mark. I'd add that being organized, providing solid facts and respecting the writer's time will win you points too. If you say you'll get back with answers to questions you couldn't answer, do that very quickly.

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To meet or not to meet, that is the question.

Whether it's "jeez, I've got back-to-back meetings all day -- how am I supposed to do any real work?" or "there was zero point of having that meeting" to "what meeting? when did that meeting take
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Beware of the agenda-less meeting. Respect every attendee's time. And always consider alternatives to meeting in person.

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The Ideal Length for All Online Content

The Ideal Length for All Online Content | Effective Communication | Scoop.it

Every so often when I’m tweeting or emailing, I’ll think: Should I really be writing so much?

 

I tend to get carried away. And for the times that I do, it sure would be nice to know if all this extra typing is hurting or helping my cause. I want to stand out on social media, but I want to do it in the right way.

 

Curious, I dug around and found some answers for the ideal lengths of tweets and titles and everything in between. Many of these could have been answered with “it depends,” but where’s the fun in that?

 

Solid research exists to show the value of writing, tweeting, and posting at certain lengths. We can learn a lot from scientific social media guidelines like these. Here’s the best of what I found.


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Interesting. I have to disagree with blog length - 1600 words (about a 7-minute read) might be good for SEO, but it's a long time to expect readers to stay with you. Respect their time and keep it short

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Ali Anani's curator insight, April 21, 12:16 AM

Time shrinks and so is online content

Carol Isakson's curator insight, April 21, 8:30 AM

Handy starting point

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 21, 9:24 PM

This is a truly useful resource!