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How GE Wins Big With B2B Corporate Storytelling

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“Behind every person, behind every company, behind everything, is a story of how it got there – and the most relevant stories connect on a personal level.” Beth Comstock, CMO of GE. The above c…

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 22, 4:13 PM

Article Link: http://bit.ly/1yZ5TQW 


Ahhhhh -- here's an article that is music to my ears!


It's all about how GE is working with the principles of storytelling to provide buyers more than just information about product specifications. GE is deliberately working with stories to create the human connection with each other that we all desire.


How do they do that? This article, written by Tony Zambito for the Business2Community blog explains a lot about their approach. Like spending lots of time on listening first. Yeah!! That is a foundational skill for storytelling and a key commitment for GE.


There are 4 other story principles GE follows. I love "learn imagination". Another thing I like about this article is that there is not a distinction made between corporate storytelling and brand storytelling -- they are viewed as one and the same here, not discrete activities. Thank heavens.


Read more about how GE approaches its storytelling. You too can use the same principles with the same great results.


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

Clayton Bye's curator insight, October 23, 10:10 AM

More and more businesses are hiring writers to create stories about their products or to create stories for their customers, whether that be for a product or for a company blog or web page..

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The Science Behind Why Great Stories Spread

The Science Behind Why Great Stories Spread | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
In the second of a two-part series Jonathan Gottschall discusses the unique power stories have to change minds and the key to their effectiveness.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:13 PM

This is important data for teachers to understand in terms of embedded learning and understanding.  

John Michel's curator insight, October 22, 2013 5:36 AM

 When we enter into a story, we enter into an altered mental state--a state of high suggestibility.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:55 PM

Many songs in particular Country or blues ballards tell a story often of love lost like "Me and Bobby Magee "..."

And so the discussion continues. Jonathan Gottschall writes his second blog post in his series about why/how storytelling works so well for businesses (and in general).

 

He does a good job in laying that foundation.

 

I have two thoughts for readers as they check out this post:

 

1. Gottschalk talks about story structure. Of course you have to know story structures to craft a good story. But structure alone won't make you successful IMHO. There's a whole lot more going on in telling a compelling story and structure is only one piece. Ask any creative writer! There are many different formulas. Most biz folks in the US are completely unaware that different groups/cultures have different story structures than what we see broadcasted on the Internet. Which in a global marketplace has huge significance! I'm not anti-story structure -- I just want us to understand its role better.

 

2. Stories and manipulation. Yes we are being influenced by stories -- and have always been. Yes we are being manipulated all the time. Yes, at some level we know this. No, access to information via the Internet and social media does not innoculate against this. Which is one reason why consumers are getting much more savvy about purchasing from companies who are socially and environmentally conscious.

 

Gottschalk focuses mostly on ads in this post. Ads are only one type of business storytelling however. He asks questions at the end, "Is storytelling really locked into a master formula?" No. 

 

Another question he asks is, "Hasn't the digital revolution paved the way for a new kind of storytelling?" and "Is it time for story 2.0?" LOL -- both remain to be seen and I look forward to the next post!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for the Just Story It curation on business storytelling"

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A Data Scientist's Real Job: Storytelling

A Data Scientist's Real Job: Storytelling | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
Crunching numbers is only half the battle.

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Mike Ellsworth's comment, April 15, 2013 11:12 AM
Insight Narrator, you're right. Context should be in the forefront of data analysis because you can't tell a story with the data without it.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 15, 2013 12:49 PM
I agree completely! Thank you for your comments.
Social2Health's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:07 AM

Social is also adding the "story" back in data storytelling.

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To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story

To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it

"Paul Smith had 20 minutes to sell the CEO of Procter & Gamble, and his team of managers, on new market-research techniques for which Mr. Smith's department wanted funding. As associate director of P&G's PG -0.39% market research, Mr. Smith had spent three weeks assembling a concise pitch with more than 30 PowerPoint slides.

 

On the day of the meeting, CEO A.G. Lafley entered the room, greeted everybody and turned his back to the screen. He then stared intently at Mr. Smith throughout the entire presentation, not once turning to look at a slide.

 

"I felt like maybe I hadn't done a very good job because he wasn't looking at my slides like everyone else," says Mr. Smith, who also noticed that the other managers didn't seem very engaged. "It didn't occur to me until later that he did that because he was more interested in what I had to say than in what my slides looked like."


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Richard Baxter's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:21 AM

Less is more........engaging!

Bad Spoon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:57 AM

Un excellent exemple de l'impact du storytelling dans les présentations business

Gavin Keeble's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:47 PM

At best, your PPT slides can only SUPPORT your message. The more refined or rarified your audiences get, the more refined or rarified your slide deck needs to get. They're 'paying' for your professional advice/opinion, not your PPT ability.

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How to Really Understand Someone Else's Point of View

How to Really Understand Someone Else's Point of View | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
It's a necessary prerequisite for persuasion. (Good post on how to understand another's point of view.

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SooJin-Stella Lee's comment, April 30, 2013 7:08 AM
Thank you ^^ I definitely need these sort of information. And I learend lots of things from your strategies to do well in scoop.it.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 30, 2013 11:47 AM
My pleasure Soo-Jin. Keep up the good work!
Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, May 2, 2013 4:24 PM

Put yourself in the other person's shoes.