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Storytelling and Leaders Who Inspire: Go For Depth

Storytelling and Leaders Who Inspire: Go For Depth | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
I can’t pinpoint exactly when I met Raf Stevens. He’s part of what I refer to as the “storytelling posse” on Twitter, those evangelizing business storytell
Karen Dietz's insight:

My colleague in Belgium, Raf Stevens, recently published his new book "Leadership, Storytelling, and the Power of Connection" (yay!) and this blog post shares some of Raf's thoughts on leadership and storytelling.


Here's what I appreciate most: the big point Raf makes is that the often scripted media-polished stories leaders tell will only take you so far -- and it's a short distance. 


Instead, leaders need to focus on a whole host of stories that convey their depth and breadth of experience.


The 2 stories shared here in the post are terrific examples of just this principle. I know you will enjoy them.


Congrats Raf! Can't wait to read the book.


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Want Success? Make Your Brand Aspirational, Not Inspirational W/ A Future Story

Want Success? Make Your Brand Aspirational, Not Inspirational W/ A Future Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Companies that ditch tired celebrity personas and transform themselves into vehicles for realizing their customers' aspirations will transcend single...
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When I read this post today I immediately thought about a particular story every business needs to craft and tell, but is often unrecognized or forgotten. That's your Future Story about your aspiration.


This article written by Charlie Brown lays out the reasoning for emphasizing "aspiration" instead of "inspiration.


For years I've been encouraging clients to develop this story as part of their core set. Your future story is all about what you aspire to create -- how your product or service, you and your customers, are making a better world. How is the future going to be different because of you/your company? That's what inquiring minds want to know.


Lots of our business stories can be inspirational. But the future story is all about aspiration. Brown makes this distinction clear and his insights are right on. I love the additional thoughts and tips he shares.


But what is a Future Story? They are hard to come by on the web. Your Future Story is shared through stories showing your commitment to something greater than yourself/your company's offerings. Think Nike or Patagonia.


What is one Just Story It aspiration/future story? Here it is:

"Monday evening I'm sitting in the staff lounge of Just In Time For Foster Youth with 2 young women in their early 20s. At 18 they were emancipated from foster care with all of their possessions in a black plastic garbage bag. Just In Time stepped in to help them get stable with housing, furnishings, school supplies, transportation...whatever they needed. We were working on their stories -- about life in foster care and their road to success. As we worked on these stories, we laugh and cry together. We find the paths to share their stories in ways that work best for them.


These are often gut-wrenching stories to work with. Pain and sorrow mix with joy and triumph. Yet these young people are committed to telling their stories to help guide other foster youth, advocate for a better system, combat stereotypes, raise funds so more foster youth can be helped, and to encourage more volunteers. I am so moved by their bravery and resilience, and so proud of each and every one of them. I watch them move through terrible experiences no person -- much less a child -- should go through, and transform into more confident bright stars.

The story reflects the future I want to create:  through the power of storytelling to break down barriers, remove stereotypes, heal wounds, and make strangers friends. To create a future where we experience greater peace between people, full of respect, tolerance, love and helping each other is one worth putting all my passion towards. That is the future I am committed to; that is the future Just Story It works towards. Working together we can make that happen."


Businesses definitely need to get their game on and move into aspiration. What is your aspiration? What future story can you share? Tell me. The world desperately needs to hear them. 


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Want to inspire staff? Let customers do it for you with stories.

Want to inspire staff? Let customers do it for you with stories. | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Kevin Murray explains how really savvy leaders succeed in outsourcing inspiration
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Here's the original link to the article:

 http://www.cityam.com/1411691919/customers-will-inspire-your-staff-better-you


This article asks and important question about the relationship with your staff and customers: what stories are they telling? And even more, what stories are the two groups telling to each other?


Author Kevin Murray makes the point that savvy leaders finds multiple ways to connect customer experiences to employee behaviors. When customers get an opportunity to share their stories directly with staff, they often come away more motivated and inspired. And when staff share their stories with customers, inspiration can flow the other way, too.


Of course, this all depends on positive experiences being shared -- or experiences where a positive outcome was the result. 


Nevertheless, I like the questions Murray poses in his blog post that will get you started leveraging this particular application of story work.


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Story and Brand Is a Way of Being: 5 Secrets To Engage Consumers

Story and Brand Is a Way of Being: 5 Secrets To Engage Consumers | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
This new class of shoppers cares about style, status, and doing right by the planet. Here's how to reach them.
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This article by Mitch Baranowski and Raphael Bemporad is all about the extent of aspirational consumers and how to reach them. This has huge implications for both branding and storytelling -- because they are the largest consumer segment globally.


What is the biggest implication? Branding is not a tool for marketing. Storytelling is not a tool for branding. Instead, both are ways of being. As the authors say, "What’s new here is that Aspirationals don’t want flat, empty statements conveyed in slick ad campaigns. They want brands to embody a deeper purpose." The authors provide links to research plus provide examples.


Storytelling is the way to communicate deeper purpose, vision, values, and beliefs. Story is the way these come alive. Story is the way companies embody them -- it's the ability to walk your talk.


That being said, the 5 ways offered here to engage aspirational consumers all involve storytelling -- your stories give them something to believe in, build a shared story they want to belong to, you can share their stories as a way to amplify their voices plus give them social status, and the body of stories forms a platform for action. 


So get your story on and connect better with this increasingly powerful consumer segment that is only going to grow.


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FREE for 48 hrs --Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators eBook

Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators - Kindle edition by Michael Margolis. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators.
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My colleague Michael Margolis of Get Storied wrote a wildly popular e-book book on storytelling. It's fabulous.


Now there is an updated version that is available for free (Kindle edition) for the next 48 hours.


The book is very inspiring and loaded with fab material about storytelling that you can apply to your personal life and to work.


So go grab yours by following the link above. You'll be glad you did!


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22 QUOTES FOR INSPIRED AUTHORS/Storytellers

22 QUOTES FOR INSPIRED AUTHORS/Storytellers | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Are you an author? Do you love words and books? Need some inspiration? Facing writers block? Gotta finish that book and need a booster shot? These 22 quotes fro
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What a great way to start off the week! I love these qoutes and many apply to storytelling.


Enjoy this boost to the week!


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Happy New Year! The 25 Most Popular Street Art Pieces Of 2013

Happy New Year! The 25 Most Popular Street Art Pieces Of 2013 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The Most Popular Street Art Pieces Of 2013 On StreetArtNews With Banksy, Invader, Etam Cru and more...
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I love art, and I get a big kick out of street art. I find people's creativity to be very inspirational, and street art lots of fun. Business storytelling is an art that also continues to inspire me -- business people have the most amazing stories to tell.


So as a lead-in to 2014, here is some way cool street art to bring  you smiles, and to get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy the New Year and my 2014 totally rock for you!


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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, January 1, 2014 12:18 PM

2013's most notorious event has been Banksy's month long show in New York City, "Better Out Than In" and to no surprise he ranks #1 this year.  So that we are able to feature a variety of artists we've grouped the whole of Banksy's epic October exhibition under the above stencil which was used to announce the 31 pieces that followed, and subsequently became the most viewed piece of the whole year.

Click to see the pictures.

Maria Jose Barrios's curator insight, January 1, 2014 3:13 PM

Con 2013 llega a su fin, es hora de desvelar las 25 piezas más populares del año (basado en páginas vistas únicas) en StreetArtNews.

Alejandro Coronado's curator insight, January 2, 2014 9:00 AM

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Positive Brain Impact: A Plan To Feed It Stories

Positive Brain Impact: A Plan To Feed It Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
As the new year approaches, I am resolved to read and listen to more stories and that means less of other kinds of content, such as opinion, most social media and even some elements of news. Why would I do this?
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What a great short article with a powerful message: vow to listen to more stories in 2014 and improve your brain -- and your life, and your well-being.


Of course, it all depends on what kinds of stories you listen to. As I always say, "garbage in, garbage out". So select your stories really well to get the most benefits. Me? I feed myself stories that induce awe, wonder, beauty, inspiration, kindness, gratitutde, optimism, hope, empathy, appreciation, respect, laughter, and the like. And yes, action and spy thrillers can qualify :))


Have fun reading this post on storytelling, the brain, and quality of life.


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Working for Santa: A Spirited Story

Working for Santa: A Spirited Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A spirited story: The time I worked for Santa is a time to gain perspective and renew our spirit, along with the spirit of others.
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Here's a wonderful holiday story with a powerful message to carry us all into the new year.


It's a quick read, but it will stay with you :))


Happy holidays everyone. Sending you all peace and joy.


Karen Dietz

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malek's curator insight, December 24, 2013 10:04 AM

Nothing on earth beats hope and faith: the spirit of Santa

Lovely story for a joyeous time

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The dangers of "willful blindness"--Story, Change, & Empowerment

Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywh...
Karen Dietz's insight:

It is Monday afternoon and after a weekend of R & R it's time for a kick in the pants. It's a triple dose of motivating and encouraging stories/presentations that give us hope about simple things we can do to make a difference in our daily lives, and in the world.


I so appreciate my readers here, and you have told me time and again how much you value quality material that helps you think better, and not junk. So here we go:


Dose #1: Here Margaret Heffeman shares the story of one woman and how she changed the fate of people in Libby, Montana forever. It is a wonderfully inspiring story but that is not the key message behind it. Heffeman's point in sharing the story is about the 'willfull blindness' we find ourselves in these days and what to do about it.


Now why in heavens name would I curate this piece?? Because we in business suffer from 'willfull blindness' all the time. We just don't want to know about some of the stories in our companies or organizations (small or large) -- mostly likely because we don't know what to do about what we hear, or because they are too painful. These are the 'undiscussables' in organizations -- or the elephants in the room. Then along comes Heffeman to burst the bubble that keeps us stuck and helps us take the next steps. Hooray!


Dose # 2: After watching Heffeman's TEDx talk, then click on the link below to take in Marty Kaplan Has “Outrage Envy” And Wants Americans To Take To The Streets
http://urbantimes.co/2013/08/marty-kaplan-has-outrage-envy-and-wants-americans-to-take-to-the-streets/
Kaplan, a Media Scholar, sits down with Bill Moyers in this 25 minute piece to remind us that a lot of the stories we hear today are told to keep us compliant and feeling powerless. Shock and awe, I know. It is well worth every minute of your time to listen to this entertaining interview. Need to learn about 'over-storying? This is it and a perfect mirror for Heffeman's talk, bringing some of the same points she makes about a local story out onto the national stage, plus talking about the role of business, and what to do next. Time to wake up!


Dose #3: Here is a 4 minute video http://www.upworthy.com/one-easy-thing-all-white-people-could-do-that-would-make-the-world-a-better-place-5  from www.Upworthy.com that is the story of a Safeway clerk who screwed up big time, and how two women handled it perfectly. It is further proof that one person can have a huge impact. Titled "One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make The World A Better Place", we learn how any of the priviledges we enjoy can be used and what to do to make lives better simply though the power of questions and words. Awesome! Many thanks to my story buddy and long time friend Patti Christiansen for sharing this video on Facebook.


All of the insights gained from these 3 videos are applicable to your business or organization. And they are applicable to you in your personal life too. When we get discouraged, powerless, or hopeless these videos show us the way. Here are ways you can use the wisdom from these pieces:

  1. To rethink your personal relationship to national issues
  2. To rethink experiences in your business or organization
  3. To take some of the action steps suggested -- field test and refine them
  4. To share the videos in workshops, trainings, classes, with friends and family during get-togethers, and start talking about the wisdom and opinions shared
  5. You may think of other ways to use these pieces


In the end, it's all about trying on a different set of glasses, and felling enlivened, enobled, and hopeful. There is always a way....Looking forward to your feedback.


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Karen Dietz's comment, August 29, 2013 9:47 PM
Miklos, you have made fabulous points. Many thanks for sharing them. Our voices may be small, but if we keep sharing, more people will see these. If one person gains benefit from these videos, then the world is a better place already.
ozziegontang's curator insight, August 31, 2013 2:59 PM

No need for me to add anything.  Just view Karen Dietz's curated insights and links to reflect on one's own power.  With Values, if I know what you stand for; I will also know what you won't stand for.


I have been blessed with wonderful peers, mentors and teachers during my 27 years as a Vistage Chair. They  have similar shared Values of: Trust, Caring, Challenge, and Growth. And with these people it has always been based on Dan Ariely's Social Norm the foundation being Trust and Relationship.  See the Youtube: Dan Ariely: The Cost of Social Norms.

Karen Dietz's comment, September 4, 2013 3:15 PM
Thank you Ozzie! You've shared some great additional insights.
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52 Ways to Spark Storytelling Inspiration and Creativity

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Storytellers: 100 Ways To Spark Inspiration. by Amanda Lewan on March 6, 2013. in Inspiration. Storytelling is about creating an emotional connection.

Karen Dietz's insight:

Need to re-set your brain? I'm dragging today and when I saw this list I found several ways I could rejuvenate my mind and being in the next few hours. Yeah!


Sometimes coffee just doesn't do the trick. So here's an awesome list to dust the cobwebs from your mind, kick into creative gear, and get some story inspiration.

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cyneth's curator insight, March 8, 2013 10:43 PM
52 Ways to Spark Storytelling Inspiration and Creativity
Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:03 AM

100 trucos para despertar la chispa de la inspiración y la creatividad para Storytelling.

Jerry Linnins's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:50 AM

Once upon a time...once, when I was at band camp...THERE we were, enemies on the right, enemies on the left, enemies in front, enemies behind. You know what we did?

 

DId I hook ya with my story? Storytelling is a wonderful technique to get your points across and make people remember them.

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Live Your Story Well -- Even Your Biz Stories

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We are all made up of stories Hopefully, the good ones outweigh the bad By the dozens And the mediocre ones… Hopefully they go more than they come. How we live these stories, How we let them ...
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We are all made up of stories

Hopefully, the good ones outweigh the bad

By the dozens

And the mediocre ones…

Hopefully they go more than they come.

How we live these stories,

How we let them affect us

How we let the buoy us up

How we let them drag us down

These stories we live

It is up to us how we tell them


There is more to this poem!


Read the rest of the poem along with a few other inspirational thoughts from storyteller Stuart Nager in this very short blog post. It's all good stuff to remember because our business stories act the same!


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A Brand Shift for 2013: From Aspiration To Inspiration--The Role of Story

A Brand Shift for 2013: From Aspiration To Inspiration--The Role of Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
It’s tempting to look at pop culture for insight into the zeitgeist, and it’s hard to look at pop culture without seeing a lot of Zombies. This may well not be a coincidence.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This article by Alan Snitow goes right along with the other article I curated today on Anthrocapitalism. 


Here Snitow talks about the massive shifts in consumer attitudes/behaviors that are creating shifts in marketing and branding.


The author suggests that one of these huge shifts is away from 'aspiration' marketing, where consumers aspire to buy their way into a better life, to 'inspiration' marketing. Inspiration marketing is focused less on what companies can give, and more on what consumers themselves can achieve. In other words, making customers the hero of the story.


But there is more here to the discussion and I encourage you to read the article. It's not that long and makes great points.


Even better, Snitow shares short videos of companies who have moved from aspirational to inspirational marketing. Perhaps this is what your business needs to do.


And once again, I wonder about the influence of storytelling. Of course stories fit exceedingly well into inspirational marketing.


Yet how much has the awareness, education in, and experiences with stories shaping the conversation and this movement? Maybe it is more of a chicken-and-egg syndrome.


In any event, I find it fascinating that this article and the one on anthrocapitalism show up on the same day but from different sources. And on the same day I received an email newsletter talking about how businesses are now in a post-Demming-process era and now in the era of valueing people in business. And the business was re-defining all of its work to meet this new direction. 


Well, certainly these discussions about the value of people over profits in business have been around for years. Only time will tell if trend watchers are actually seeing shifts that will stick, or if we are all just spitting into the wind again.


How will you show up in 2013? Your thoughts?


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The 2014 Story: A Year of Ideas, Inspiration From TED Talks

What were the most powerful ideas of 2014? Watch our 8-minute highlight reel of the Year in Ideas. Explore a fun, interactive playlist of the TED Talks of th...
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Lots of folks have been putting together the "best of 2014" lists and this one is my favorite so far. It's inspirational and just what we need during the holidays.


2014 was a remarkable year and I can hardly wait to see how we progress in 2015.


Enjoy!

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Art Jones's curator insight, December 24, 2014 9:35 PM

Watch this 8.32 minute compilation of the best of TED in 2014 and I guarantee  one of these voices or perhaps all will serve to inspire you. 


Enjoy!

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Mary Alice Arthur On The power of story - YouTube

Find out more about the event: http://www.aoh-education.org/
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I've known Mary Alice for many years and count her as a good friend and amazing colleague.


Here in a 1.18 minute video she shares with us "why stories' while working in Lithuania.


All I can say is, "I wish I'd said it!" Her words are inspiring.


So if you need a lift today, take a minute to watch.


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Robin Williams: 10 Insightful / Inspiring Quotes

10 profound quotes from the late Robin Williams.
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's a sad day learning about the death of Robin Williams. He kept us laughing and was a unique storyteller in his own right.


These quotes of his popped up on SlideShare and I thought you would enjoy them. May Robin's light and humor continue to sustain us for many decades to come.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, August 13, 2014 10:17 AM

I agree with business consultant Karen Dietz that Robin Williams was a rare talent who had the unique talent of making us laugh at ourselves.  He will be missed.  Aloha, Russ.

Christian Wasinger, CMO - Chief Mind Officer's curator insight, August 13, 2014 2:40 PM

The sudden passing of Robin William's came as a shock to many. He will life on in so many ways, one of which are these 10 quotes.

Randy Bauer's curator insight, August 14, 2014 5:17 PM

Tell a funny story. Share a comic from the paper or the internet. Express yourself with abundant enthusiasm. Try bringing a smile or laughter to someone across from you. It really is the "best medicine.

 

We have all been blessed to laugh with Robin Williams.

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Woman Befriends A Homeless Man In Brazil--Unexpected Outcome! An Inspiring Story

Woman Befriends A Homeless Man In Brazil--Unexpected Outcome! An Inspiring Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A Woman Befriends A Homeless Man In Brazil. No One Could Expect What Happens Next. Amazing.
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's Friday and time for some inspiration after a long week. I found this video and it's a wonderful story. With a surprise ending!


The video is only 4:30 minutes long. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.


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Sue Gould's curator insight, April 7, 2014 12:07 AM
This story is so powerful, in that it can be and is relational to many people we all come in to contact with every day. The tears that resulted were from one of joy when I saw this man's spirit had not changed, in fact he was determined to allow his thoughts and views to be written and distributed to help others. Truly inspirational.
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25 Quotes for the Dedicated Storyteller/ Content Strategist

25 Quotes for the Dedicated Storyteller/ Content Strategist | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. Discover great content and connect with like-minded individuals.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a fun piece for a Friday when the week is finally winding up. There are 25 slides here filled with quotes about stories and content that will inspire you -- or at least get you thinking :) 


Have fun!


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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 2014 4:40 PM

With these friends of mine that I follow, I can only say read their insights.  Karen's one of those to be followed. ozzie MIndfulness.com

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 2014 4:42 PM

With these friends of mine that I follow, I can only say read their insights.  Karen's one of those to be followed. ozzie MIndfulness.com

Ken Morrison's curator insight, March 8, 2014 7:14 AM

My favorite is:

"People don't pay attention to advertising. They pay attention to what interests them. Sometimes that is advertising."

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10 Inspiring Videos To Kick-start 2014 Biz Storytelling

10 Inspiring Videos To Kick-start 2014 Biz Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Check out this awesome list of inspiring marketing talks by the likes of John Cleese, Elizabeth Gilbert and some lesser-known gems.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great collection of videos about marketing to help us all grow business in 2014! Several of them are directly about storytelling. Others are about creativity and risk taking. All are superb.


Enjoy watching these videos and being inspired. Then map out the steps you are going to take to make 2014 a banner year. Game on!


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Inspiration and Appreciation: What 1 Entrepreneur Taught Me

Inspiration and Appreciation: What 1 Entrepreneur Taught Me | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
I met up with an old friend for coffee last Saturday. Going in, I knew I would enjoy catching up with somebody I had not seen for a decade, but I did not expect I would walk away with two lessons in entrepreneurship.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a companion article that fits nicely with the other I just posted on "Positive Brain Impact: A Plan To Feed It Stories".


As the author, Jerry Jao, says here: "As the CEO of a company, my job is to inspire and motivate my team. But, what most people don't realize is that even inspiration people (aka: the cheerleaders) need to seek inspiration themselves. I lost track of that lesson when I got caught up with the hustle and bustle of growing my company."


Truer words could not be said. Countless times leaders I work with ask me where to find inspirational stories. I definitely help them, but that question also tells me they are not seeking inspiration themselves.


This article shares a terrific story which I know you will like, along with important advice: actively listen for stories to keep you inspired. You will have a ready supply when it's your turn to share an inspiring story that helps your business.


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Jim Signorelli's Holiday Story: The Big Give

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Episode #10 -- Jim Signorell's Christmas Story "The Big Give" from The Story Factor podcasts.

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I know -- Christmas is gone by several days. That's what happens when story colleagues create great stories to share and I decide to take some holiday time off: I miss getting something like this to you :))


But don't think that this story doesn't have timeless value. And an important business lesson for us all as we head into 2014. 


This is a wonderful story by colleague Jim Signorelli, author of Story Branding. The lesson is powerful. How can we translate this lesson from the personal to the business world? Well, think about your giving and gratitude patterns with clients, vendors, business associates, etc. Are you making the connections you want, or just going through the motions?


This 15 minute story will get you thinking. Jim offered this story as part of Annette Simmons' Story Factor podcasts, also available on iTunes. Jim is a masterful storyteller, too. You won't want to miss this.


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Storytelling -- A Skill That Benefits Every Area Of Your Life

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Happy day everyone! A friend sent this post to me and it's a real upper. The article is a fabulous way to start the week. The cartoon alone is worth it!


But then the author, Eric Barker, goes on to show how storytelling is so critical in having wonderful relationships, a satisfying career, great kids, and awesome communications.


Enjoy the on-target quotes and Barker's points. Happy week all!


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

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malek's curator insight, September 30, 2013 6:47 AM

A big part of our life hangs around storytelling. Long, link-filled article, but you'll enjoy the prespective.

Karen Dietz's comment, September 30, 2013 7:59 AM
Albert -- good point! Authors need to be careful not to overwhelm readers with too many links.
Karen Dietz's comment, September 30, 2013 8:00 AM
It is a bit long as Malek says, and I did find it pretty easy to scan.
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Doing the Impossible Story: Saving Polaroid Film & Cameras

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A Polaroid camera is nothing more than bookshelf eye candy if you don't have the magical film to go with it. Which is why The Impossible Project pulle...
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Here is a little bit of inspiration for your Friday.


It's all about how a couple of crazy guys bought the last Polaroid film factory so that 300 million cameras around the globe could still be used.


Now how different is that?! And they succeeded, and are successful. It's a terrific little story.


Other than for your own inspiration, how could you use this story? How about when talking with teams about thinking outside the box. Or when working with executives about hidden market opportunities. Or anytime you are dealing with the principles of creativity and innovation. Just a few ideas :)


Enjoy this piece and have fun!


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

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Verone Medley Travis's curator insight, April 14, 2013 5:51 PM

Polaroids bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people. Glad to hear that the magic will continue.

Karen Dietz's comment, April 21, 2013 1:44 PM
Yes, I was sad about the demise of Polaroid and so glad there's still life beyond digital photography.
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50 Business Storytelling Mantras to Live By (2013)

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For the past two years (2011 and 2012), I shared my top 50 business storytelling and communications mantras. As I plan for 2013, I always look to my l...
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Love these for some Friday inspiration! Keep these handy to keep you on your best storytelling toes. 


Thanks Ira Koretsky for putting this list together and keeping us all on track!


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

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Thank you Hans for this lovely quote and image. It is great to have you as a fellow curator. 


Happy New Year everyone!


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Hans Heesterbeek's comment, December 31, 2012 10:17 AM
Thank you very much Karen, I feel it as a great compliment
Karen Dietz's comment, December 31, 2012 5:57 PM
My pleasure Hans. It is perfect for today and as we head into 2013!
Mercor's curator insight, January 2, 2013 5:18 AM

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