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What’s the secret to standing out online? How do you build authority and find those prize customers you covet? How do you really make it in the online jungle?
Tips on storytelling in a business context. Points are useful for coaches and facilitators helping their clients work with stories. If in doubt we always use a version of the 'Heroes' Journey' which is an archetypal story of change, transformation and sharing gifts.
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Here's a terrific article from Copyblogger and Craig McBreen about the critical pieces to pay attention to for creating business success with storytelling.
It is a great synopsis of a number of articles I've curated here. There's everything from how to rethink your relationship with your customers, who the real hero is, pain points, and patience.
I only have one BIG caveat -- the article only addresses HALF the equation: the telling side of things. The SECOND HALF of the equation is totally ignored: listening.
Telling and listening go hand-in-hand. In fact, it's darn hard to figure out which comes first. It's a real chicken-and-egg syndrome. Before you can tell a story, sometimes you have to listen to a few first. And you have to listen for how to tell the story in real time so it can shift and change to connect with the audience in front of you at that moment.
Don't make the mistake of thinking like old-school marketing -- that storytelling is about pushing stories and messages out to people. Storytelling is about drawing people in, and listening to their stories too. Intimately knowing your customers stories is a huge factor in building a successful business.
So go dig up the other articles in this collection on listening and evoking stories so you get the whole picture. And remember: it's not only about telling!!
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
First, understand the power of storytelling. Next, build your story around your customer's pain point(s)--and court your customer well.
Strong negotiation skills are hugely advantageous throughout one’s life, from the boardroom to the bar. These skills largely rest on your ability to back up your words with physical actions that exude openness, honesty, and confidence. This fosters trust and increases the other party’s desire to react cooperatively and reach agreement.
According to psychologists and a recent study from language experts Gengo, body language and non-verbal communications has a greater impact in a discussion than the actual words that you say.
Useful tips - remember also if negotiating with a client or helping a group negotiate an agreement, step 1 know your own bottom line - what is the base of a settlement that you are not prepared to go below, step 2 put yourself in the other person's shoes and identify their bottom line (if its appropriate ask them), step 3 go for win-win where both of you get bottom line plus
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Also some great tips for competitive intelligence collectors at trade shows. Or those in Sales and Marketing. And don't forget they're reading your body too.
I enjoyed reading this article, it gave me some knowledge on how to negotiate with people. I believe further in life this will become valued knowledge.
One of several such tools. A straightforward one to start with.
Be sure to read Robin Good's insight below.
Per aggiungere un commento audio alle slide di Powerpoint
Quite an interesting additional tool to add voice to your PPT deck - how useful it might be, who knows - may be for some key decision-maker/influencer who couldn't attend your face-to-face presentation?
Learning 2013 - The MASIE Center
Virtual distance recording is becoming far eaiser. This was recorded in real time on an ipad for a large group event from a different location. The same approach can be used with team or 1 to 1 coaching. Personally I'm still ipad challenged in terms of producing quality drawings and prefer to record on paper. A great new tool is in development to allow drawings to be transferred in real time from paper onto an ipad - check it out at http://www.isketchnote.com/
TOUCH this image to discover its story.Image tagging powered by ThingLink (@NTENorg @farra @kanter @DarimOnline @thinglink just found one combined w/graphic recording: http://t.co/n7UDTX5XV5 #nptech)...
Thinglink is used to create clickable links within images. Heres a good example - click on the symbols to get access to references and resources. I'm going to apply this to my visual recording of coaching sesssions and meetings.
Harvard Business School professor Jerry Zaltman makes pictures that reveal our deepest feelings about your favorite brands. Can he scan your brain and...
Those whose work requires that they lead groups with other people often share that co-facilitation is one of the most challenging aspects of their jobs, but also the most beneficial and rewarding.
A neglected area of advice - co-facilitation
I've just found this blog and I really like it.
As a facilitator, I am always seeking out new tools and techniques. Today I listened to my first podcast of Meeting Tips Radio. The most recent broadcast is Sheila Cooke. Sheila is an awesome train...
Blog from CEO of the Royal Society of Arts on collaboration in education.
...there was once no formula, a framework has emerged...critical to that framework is the style of facilitation. It is a style...
Interesting insights on what happens when you ignore a remark that challenges or surprises you
I like the simplicity of the model suggested - prompts thought - but on reflection it is to simplistic. People are differently motivated within each of the four headings. I tend to use Archetypes or NLP frames of reference when working with a group on motivation/
interesting article backed by research - does it ring bells with you as an employee / employer...?
"Management is the opportunity to help people become better people. Practiced that way, it's a magnificent profession." - Professor Clay Christensen
I think this quote is an excellent supplement to the article. The article talks about four different emotional drivers that motivate employees, and how their morale affects their overall performance. If a manager is able to satisfy these emotional drivers, it develops positive employee engagement in the workplace.
This is a great example of the behavioral approach to management, which stresses group dynamic and leadership, social needs as primary motivating factors, and focuses more on the human side of an organization.
Now, how can the principles of Behavioral Economics be employed in the workplace in order to optimize the attainment of the four emotional drivers?
For example, studies have shown that sharing unique, or even risky activities can considerably enhance bonding and teamwork. This has been shown to be true whether between lovers (or prospective lovers), colleagues, or both (although that last one is purely my own speculation!).
How can Behavioral Economics inform us on the attainment of the other three emotional drivers?
Tips for trainers and facilitators on how to let go of the ego so participants can travel their road to success.
Interesting use of quote by Dalai Lama, essentially saying our egos can get in the way of our best work.
Abstract (provisional). Background. Practice facilitation (PF) is an implementation strategy now commonly used in primary care settings for improvement initiatives. PF occurs when a trained external facilitator engages and ...
He didn’t cling to power. He empowered.
Lovely tribute and thought piece about Mandela as a leader who understood forgiveness, generosity and what his core principles were.
An excellent article that encapsulates the spirit of the late President of South Africa. It's simply amazing how he retained his humanity and humility after years of imprisonment. One can learn much from the life he led. Aloha, Russ.
I was a little cautious reading this the first time. Such tributes and thought pieces can be tacky. This one however does justice to the man and calls us all to find the inner strengths to make a similar contribution to a better world.
Useful information for those of us who work online showing where journalists are likely to be going in terms of immersive storytelling. We often have to capture people's attention in similar ways.
Written for journalists, this article is of interest to educators too. Some grat tools for creating great multi-media presentations. Imagine what learners might produce with these...
Watch this video to help the special needs in Africa this thanks giving holiday http://www.africatube.net/video/932/Neglected-people-of-Africa-need-your-help
Da http://www.journalism.co.uk 9 strumenti web based per lo storytelling. Si tratta di strumenti che consentono di realizzare storie visuali con elementi multimediali e interattivi.
Utili per la content curation e per realizzare presentazioni.
Possono essere utilizzati senza problemi nelal didattica per realizzare raccolte e/o narrazioni di eventi e/o problemi di carattere disciplinare e interdisciplinare.
Even as recently as twenty or thirty years ago, the people with influence were relatively easy to spot: the President or Prime Minister of a nation, religious leaders, CEOs, and probably your parents.
Their influence was based on a combination of position, experience, knowledge, wealth – and most importantly control of the channels of communication to the “people,” for to have power influence must be spread.
No longer – the influence landscape has already shifted dramatically and will continue to evolve.
Wie heeft de macht in deze groeiende netwerksamenleving? Zij die de meeste invloed uitoefenen, maar zijn dat nog dezelfde die dat vanuit hun functie of geboorterecht altijd gehad hebben?
Great visual of the modern leader and to quote Jim Collins,m"we are moving from organizations well managed to networks well led." Essentially, the leaders of today will be more like association executives than command and control CEOs of the past. What do you think about this?
This 5-minute time-lapse video provides a vision of what a post-consumer society could look like, with people working fewer hours and pursuing re-skilling, homesteading, and small-scale enterprises that can help reduce the ...
Details of events taking place throughout the world for International Facilitation week
Practical Tips for Productive Living
Although fear can feel overwhelming, and defeats more people than any other force in the world, it’s not as powerful as it seems. Fear is only as deep as your mind allows. You are still in control. The key is to acknowledge your fear and directly address it. You must step right up and confront it face to face. This tactic robs fear of its power, instead of fear robbing YOU of…
We only have 4 basic feelingsto dwal with from birth - mad, sad, glad and scared. Good article on managing the one that doesn't rhyme!
Good insight on how you can manage fear
Fairly straightforward approach to ground rules but worth a read.
To have a clear definition of "group" is a necessary part of work for any professional facilitator. Before starting to think about the definition, let's see why such definition is important.
Starts with definitions of a group
Shared with Dropbox (RT @FacWeek: What are your plans & ideas for #FacWeek, Oct 21-27?
International Faciliation Week 21 - 27 October 2013
As Group Facilitators, we are devoted to the process of helping people communicate about the issues important to them, typically related to the dynamics of the group (e.g., a public or non-profit board) or surrounding an issue ...
Advice on how you might deal with minor disruptive behaviour in a group. Author advocates overt and subtle use of ground rules. In my experience important to remember behaviours that wind you up are different for different people and don't over-react to the ones that wind you up.
We are SO Excited to share this illustrated video that uses simple language and charming illustrations to explain just what we facilitators do! In only 4 min...
Interesting use of metaphor to explain role of faciltators
For the past 2 years we have experimented with a new format - Created communication and dialogue tools by drawing - AND filming. With over 25 client and project videos...
Don't agree we are all visual thinkers but we can all draw.
An excellent summary of 7 visual elements drawn by hand that constitute a graphic presentation. These elements are people, place, process, speech, text, colour and effects. A presentation is complete when you put all these elements together.
This is for people who would like to know how to create their own video scribes, but they are not very artistic.
Looks so simple... My tip : practice every day, and never give up...