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Become A More Powerful Story Listener With This Exercise

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Inspired by a Quaker practice.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 5, 1:25 PM

It is easy to forget -- or simply not get -- that story telling is only half the equation in business. The real power behind story telling is actually in story listening.


Author Greg McKeown shares with us a very powerful listening activity that will surely bring tons of new insights to us. And he reminds us that simply listening is one of the fastest and most inexpensive ways to improve engagement. Makes sense.


Read more about the importance of listening, it's ROI, and then the activity. The exercise won't bring you stories, but it will lead to some great discoveries along with increased engagement.


And if you want to generate even more understanding, connection, and interactions, at the right time you can always evoke a story by asking, "Tell me about a time when...."


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

Art Jones's curator insight, December 7, 11:38 AM

The ability to craft a thought provoking question is the best way to begin a conversation and the very best way to establish a basis for being an engaged listener. This HBR article suggest that with employee engagement trending lower and lower the best ways to reverse the trend is through listening.


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Deep engagement does not begin with getting people to listen to you; it begins when you really listen to them. Powerful listening is one of the rarest executive practices today, not because of a lack of skill – although that is often the case – but because it’s a skill that’s under attack from social media, smart phones and the ubiquitous expectation of instant reactions. Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation when the other person just started checking his phone? Of course you have. We have a listening famine going on and it’s a shame, because in a knowledge age, so much value creation lies in the ability to figure out what’s important—by listening.

Barbara Ganley's curator insight, December 10, 9:13 AM

As Richard Kearney put it, "It takes two to story..."

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Biz Storytelling: 33 Laws of Content Marketing Success

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There has been a lot of fuss about content marketing and how to make it work if you're a business. In frank and concise language, Marcus Sheridan explains how c

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Janet Tillotson's curator insight, February 3, 1:12 AM

Creatove waus tp sharing through social media, blogs, ebooks, and the like...

John M. Lee's curator insight, February 3, 4:06 PM

Speaking words of wisdom...

Paul Dixon's curator insight, February 4, 1:54 AM

It seems to me that the more you learn the more there is to learn.

Read books to gain the edge.

A lot of the information learnt is common sense but means nothing unless put in action. JUST DO IT.

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Mastering Story to Completely Transform Your Business--How To

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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?

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 12, 2013 10:54 AM

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 

Jessica Kelly's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:45 PM

First, understand the power of storytelling. Next, build your story around your customer's pain point(s)--and court your customer well.

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:12 AM

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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Let's Get Back to Basics: Communication Skills

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By any measure, we are communicating at an explosive rate. We spend hours weeding through our in-boxes, preparing reports and attending meetings. We talk, we text, we tweet. But, for all of the

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Richard Lock's curator insight, February 4, 12:44 PM

You can never learn too much about communication. We simply take far to much for granted considering how vital effective communication is to our success.

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Story Listening: Getting work done & making a difference -- K. Dietz TEDx talk

Karen Dietz, owner of Just Story It, shares her recent TEDx talk on how to listen for stories that will help you/your business/your nonprofit make a difference in the world.


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:48 PM

Hi Folks!


Many people have been asking me when my TEDx talk will be available and it's finally be posted for viewing.


During the presentation I not only talk a bit about my background and lessons I've learned about storytelling, but I also share a simply story listening process I learned years ago from storyteller Doug Lipman.


I use the process all the time in my work -- because it's so powerful, and because it is at the root of how work gets done, and how making a difference in the world really happens. Anyone can do this process and I encourage you to try it out.


I hope you enjoy this 15 minutes and begin to relate to stories in this way. Happy story listening!


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

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:25 PM

Inspiration on how to J"ust Story it" from the professional founder.

Karen Dietz's comment, December 2, 2013 2:04 PM
Thank you Monica!