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The Importance Of Empathy & Storytelling: 9 Points

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 7, 11:18 AM

Empathy and storytelling is a popular topic these days, and here's another great post about it. 

 

In particular I love the 9 points made about the why and wherefor of empathy, its significance in storytelling, and the results produced. Even better, I really like the examples and research shared.

 

This is a great primer to keep handy. 

 

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

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Maya Angelou, Business Storytelling, and Being Human

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An interview with Maya Angelou.


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 29, 2014 10:55 AM

I was so sad yesterday when I heard about Maya Angelou's passing. I've always enjoyed reading and watching her. From her I always learned more about humanity, dignity, courage, and character.


When I found this HBR post yesterday of an interview with her, I was delighted. The interviewer/author Alison Beard even talks with Maya about business storytelling.The interview is quintessential Angelou and I know you'll enjoy it. 


There is a little-known book in my library that I treasure for its wisdom -- Facing Evil; Light at the Core of Darkness (1989) -- that Maya (and many other amazing people) contributed to. Some of my favorite passages from her essay are, "We must remember the great struggle between majestic forces -- that that struggle introduces a dynamic into our intellect and into our souls. We are required to develop courage to care...We need the courage to create ourselves daily, to be bodacious enough to create ourselves daily as Christians, as Jews, as Muslims, as thinking, caring, laughing, loving human beings. (pg 29) Now wherever that lives in us--whether it's in the bend of the elbow, behind the kneecap--wherever that lives, there dwells the nobleness in the human spirit. Not nobility. I don't trust the word. I think it's pompous. But the nobleness is in the human spirit. It is seen in the fact that we rise to good, we do rise."


Angelou's view of story was in its power to unite. The end of her poem "Human Family" says, "We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." (from I Shall Not Be Moved)


Enjoy this article honoring one great lady, and the inspiration that lies waiting for you.


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

Halima Ozimova's curator insight, May 31, 2014 2:53 AM

Warm Words about the passed CELEBRITY...

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She was an artist 

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What Are Insights? Business Story Secrets

An insight is NOT an observation - it explains why, rather than just observing that people do something. Is a new Point of View that’s immediately recogniza...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 1, 2014 4:03 PM

Here's a fabulous SlideShare program with a potent point about insights -- what they are, what they are not, and how cool they are. 


You may think you know what an insight is -- yet it's not what most of us think. This little piece of brilliance was put together by Antonis Kochellas from Ogilvy & Mather.


How does this relate to storytelling? Because understanding the insights you can gain from your personal and business stories -- and then leveraging those -- gives you access to a powerful force in the world. But only if you know and can recognize a true insight.


So go watch this slide presentation. Hopefully lightbulbs will turn on for you and your mastery of business storytelling will increase.


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Thinking Strategically about Leadership Storytelling: 4 Steps

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There is no denying that storytelling is on people’s minds these days, especially in terms of communication skills leaders need to effectively direct, influence and inspire others.

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A good article on the importance of beginning with the end in mind and considering 'why' you are telling a story to make your point.  To do this you need to align not just your story to the audience needs - but also to the expected outcome you want to achieve. Not story for story sake.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 8, 2015 5:13 PM

Well, I really like this post because the author Bill Baker, gives us 4 steps for how to craft a story/presentation with the audience as your focus. Yahoo!


Articles of this kind are not that common. We mostly see posts on how to structure a story or presentation. The gold in this article are the suggestions Baker gives us to hone in on the audience first.


Try this out and see the difference it makes in the quality of your interactions with listeners.


Story on!


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

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Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 21, 2014 12:43 PM

Here's a handy, quick and dirty chart to keep in mind when advocating for storytelling in an organization. It covers all the salient points.


The only BIG piece I would add in the "Educate" category is -- give executives an experience! Don't tell them about storytelling, have them directly experience it themselves. Then debrief the experience so they get not only how it works, but the benefits. That's the magic that's been working for me for years.


So add "experience storytelling" into the mix and you will have greater success.


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

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:08 PM

Karen,

 

I like to explore how that tell those stories through other learning going on in the company.  For example, how could you integrate a piece of the corporate story into an eLearning module meant to teach a particular tool or skill set?

michaelpohl360's curator insight, May 23, 2014 2:39 AM

Here's a process on how to establish storytelling as a skill among leaders. I'd just extend its scope to other roles in an organisation as well: sales processionals, consultants, customer service managers and others. They also benefit from personal and organisational storytelling, but all may be educated along this four-step approach. With stories, you inspire, impact, educate and convince people rather than with facts. Storytelling is relevant for a leaders' business.

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Want to Reach More Humans? Try Sounding Like One (via Storytelling)

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There are a lot of smart business leaders out there. They come up with brilliant products, develop amazing technologies and help customers solve their most complex problems.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 18, 2013 1:26 PM

I scooped this article because it's a great reminder with a very simple message -- drop the corporate speak; don't focus on pushing messages to folks; just show up, be real, and my addition: focus on story sharing.


Stories aren't mentioned in this article, yet they are your vehicle to building trust, being authentic, conveying complex information with simple elegance, all while being humble. And this is what the article talks about.


A lot of the storytelling articles I'm reading lately are still focused on using stories as a push technology to broadcast messages to people. That is old hat. We are now in another world where it is finally recognized that stories are a pull technology (they pull people into your world) AND that stories told evoke stories in the minds of listeners that they want to share back with you. So story sharing needs to be the focus these days.


This article helps us get our head straight about that. It's a quick read with terrific insights and tips to share. Happy reading!


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

malek's curator insight, December 18, 2013 2:16 PM

I like the idea of a mom as your ltimus test, if she got it, the whole world will go after you.

Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 21, 2013 7:24 AM

I like the emphasis on trust building and being authentic.