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Storytelling: Stop Being Authentic!

Lianne Picot and Karen Dietz, business story professionals, talk about recent articles about the problems with authenticity.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I'm embarrassed to say that I've sat on this video chat that Lianne Picot and I made together many moons ago. It took me FOREVER to do the quick edits -- which you know are never quick.

 

In this Google Hangout we tackle storytelling and authenticity. We got ticked off at several articles in HBR last year on authenticity and some of the things said. We talk about the few good points we do like in the article, and then chat about why the posts sow more confusion than clarity. Hopefully we clear things up a bit.

  

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Disastrous Business Storytelling And How to Fix It

Disastrous Business Storytelling And How to Fix It | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"They're spending a ton of time, money and effort producing videos, blogs and events that no one wants to watch, read or attent. Not only are brands failing to get their messages across, they're being outright ignored."

Karen Dietz's insight:

I've taken a curation break this week while celebrating my birthday (yay!) and am now back in the game. I found this post that had me cheering. Why?

 

Because it speaks truth (most company stories are average at best), amd talks about how easy it is for organizations to kill fabulous stories that people want to hear. In addition, the author points out how it takes leadership courage plus persistence to get those stories out there.

 

Read more about what prevents great stories from being told and how to fix that. There are some great lessons here.

 

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Being a Business Storyteller: The Four Truths

Being a Business Storyteller: The Four Truths | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The stories that move and captivate people are those that are true to the teller, the audience, the moment, and the mission.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's an article that shares the 4 truths of storytelling that every leader, entrepreneur, or business storyteller needs to practice.

 

Plus, I love the story that is shared in the beginning that sets the whole tone and reason for the topic. It's a thorough piece tackling some of the misconceptions of business storytelling, and how to think straight about it.

 

I know you will enjoy this piece, and take away some great insights that will either help you personally on your storytelling journey, or help you share the importance of business storytelling with others.

 

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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Some Storytelling Today: Hate Is Louder Than Love. Change It

Some Storytelling Today: Hate Is Louder Than Love. Change It | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"I heard someone say recently, 'hate is louder than love.' And there is truth to that. But when intolerance, fear, and xenophobia are on the march, when the hate can feel deafening...we are going to keep working with every cell of our beings to turn up the volume on love." -Dave Isay

Karen Dietz's insight:

If you are into storytelling, you are probably into StoryCorps. I am passionate about what they stand for.

 

Hate is easy. Stories promoting hate are easy. It takes courage, character, principles, and leadership to not go there. StoryCorp shows us the way.

 

Yesterday I received an email blast from them asking for donations. I rarely promote an organization. But their message is important, particularly in today's world. Donating is totally up to you, and I have no relationship with the organization.

 

Here's a short excerpt from the email I received about their latest campaign, "Listening is an act of love":

 

"I heard someone say recently, 'hate is louder than love.' And there is truth to that. But when intolerance, fear, and xenophobia are on the march, when the hate can feel deafening...we are going to keep working with every cell of our beings to turn up the volume on love." -Dave Isay

Dear Karen,

At StoryCorps, we know that listening is an act of love. That is why we feel so fortunate to be able to share the power of our work with you...the work we do has never been more important.

Your gift of $50 or more will help us continue our mission to preserve and share humanity's stories...Join today and we'll also send you a copy of our book, Listening Is an Act of Love, and with a gift of $250 or more, you'll receive the collector's edition of Listening is an Act of Love, which includes a CD containing the audio featured in the book.


Please help us as we continue to turn up the volume on love by becoming a StoryCorpsCorps Member today.
Warm regards, Brian Schumann

 

It's an opportunity I thought you should know about. Check them out. Yes, storytelling and story listening is an act of love. Even if you don't donate, take a stand today for storytelling love instead of hate.

Karen

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Story Listening: The Hidden Power of This Forgotten Leadership Skill

Story Listening: The Hidden Power of This Forgotten Leadership Skill | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
It may be the most underutilized and underdeveloped leadership skill you will find in entrepreneurs. And it may be your most important link to success.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I've talked before about the critical importance of story listening for great leadership. This article talks about it too, but also discusses:

  1. organizational conversations
  2. authentic listening
  3. and gives us 8 ways to be when receiving feedback (and communicating in general)

 

As the author, Marcel Schwantes, says at the end, "As you move forward, embrace relating to others with more curiosity and intent about those you serve."  Love that!

 

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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Peter (PJ) Fulcher-Meredith's curator insight, March 11, 3:30 AM

I've talked before about the critical importance of story listening for great leadership. This article talks about it too, but also discusses:

organizational conversationsauthentic listeningand gives us 8 ways to be when receiving feedback (and communicating in general)

 

As the author, Marcel Schwantes, says at the end, "As you move forward, embrace relating to others with more curiosity and intent about those you serve."  Love that!

 

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

Roger Francis's curator insight, March 11, 4:39 AM

I've talked before about the critical importance of story listening for great leadership. This article talks about it too, but also discusses:

organizational conversationsauthentic listeningand gives us 8 ways to be when receiving feedback (and communicating in general)

 

As the author, Marcel Schwantes, says at the end, "As you move forward, embrace relating to others with more curiosity and intent about those you serve."  Love that!

 

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

Graham Clark's curator insight, March 11, 7:12 AM

I've talked before about the critical importance of story listening for great leadership. This article talks about it too, but also discusses:

organizational conversationsauthentic listeningand gives us 8 ways to be when receiving feedback (and communicating in general)

 

As the author, Marcel Schwantes, says at the end, "As you move forward, embrace relating to others with more curiosity and intent about those you serve."  Love that!

 

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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How To Make Your Biz Storytelling Awesome! 7 Ways

How To Make Your Biz Storytelling Awesome! 7 Ways | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

The storytelling of the future is all about thinking big and staying real. These seven strategies will put you ahead of the curve.

Karen Dietz's insight:

Fellow curator Kathy Klotz-Guest just posted this blog on the 7 ways to make your storytelling fabulous -- and get the results you want.

 

And it's not the usual stuff on how to craft a story. It's about going deeper into your storytelling, going bigger, finding your storytellers, and 4 other areas to pay attention to. Wonderful!

 

Thanks Kathy -- this will get us thinking better and doing better.

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oconnorandkelly's curator insight, March 4, 1:50 PM

Fellow curator Kathy Klotz-Guest just posted this blog on the 7 ways to make your storytelling fabulous -- and get the results you want.

 

And it's not the usual stuff on how to craft a story. It's about going deeper into your storytelling, going bigger, finding your storytellers, and 4 other areas to pay attention to. Wonderful!

 

Thanks Kathy -- this will get us thinking better and doing better.

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3 Storytelling skills 35 business legends, billionaires + TED experts share

3 Storytelling skills 35 business legends, billionaires + TED experts share | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Facts don’t spark movements; stories do.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a quick but powerful read. Author Carmine Gallo has analyzed the most respected leaders and TED presenters and come up with this simple list of 3 storytelling skills they all share.


I love the first one: reframe your internal narrative. Because it's true -- the story you tell yourself is more powerful than any other success factor. So reframe your story when you've outgrown it.


The other 2 are spot on, also. These are really good tips that will improve anyone's leadership or business success.


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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Sébastien Nahon's curator insight, March 1, 6:21 AM

This is a quick but powerful read. Author Carmine Gallo has analyzed the most respected leaders and TED presenters and come up with this simple list of 3 storytelling skills they all share.


I love the first one: reframe your internal narrative. Because it's true -- the story you tell yourself is more powerful than any other success factor. So reframe your story when you've outgrown it.


The other 2 are spot on, also. These are really good tips that will improve anyone's leadership or business success.


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

Flurries Unlimited's curator insight, March 10, 10:20 AM

This post shares the importance of storytelling skills. Skills that are imperative in today's business climate, whether speaking or writing. This is what the author found in analyzing leaders and TED presenters:

 

1) Reframe your internal narrative

2) Share stories of triumph over adversity

3) Make personal stories 65% of your presentation.

 

Analyze all your writing--from blog posts to essays to books. Ask yourself this question: What kind of story are you telling and will it touch the emotions of your readers?

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.businessinsider.com/i-interviewed-35-business-legends-billionaires-and-ted-experts-these-are-the-3-communication-2016-2

 

ismokuhanen's curator insight, March 15, 2:47 PM

This is a quick but powerful read. Author Carmine Gallo has analyzed the most respected leaders and TED presenters and come up with this simple list of 3 storytelling skills they all share.


I love the first one: reframe your internal narrative. Because it's true -- the story you tell yourself is more powerful than any other success factor. So reframe your story when you've outgrown it.


The other 2 are spot on, also. These are really good tips that will improve anyone's leadership or business success.


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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Interview on 2/16 w/ David Hutchens on his new Field Guide For Storytellers Book

Interview on 2/16 w/ David Hutchens on his new Field Guide For Storytellers Book | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Storytelling is now the new black in business. You may know how to craft a good story. But what happens next?  Radio interview: 10 am PT, Tues. 2/16 on Story Powered

Karen Dietz's insight:

Join me tomorrow when I interview business storyteller and author David Hutchens about his recent book Circle Of The 9 Muses: A Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers (that means storytellers!).


I've known David for many years and his book is so timely. It's chock full of business storytelling activities and processes to use with clients. Practitioners from all over the globe contributed to the book [yes, me included :) ]


Come listen to David's wisdom as I ask him questions like:

  1. How has your storytelling changed over the years?
  2. Why did you feel the need to write this book?
  3. Which processes in the book excite you the most?
  4. What is Fractal Storytelling?


We are on the air at 10 am PT. Click on the link for more info: http://www.voiceamerica.com/promo/episode/90490  Looking forward to 'seeing' you there!


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4 Ways Storytelling the Journey Has Become Hotter Than Celebrating the Outcome

4 Ways Storytelling the Journey Has Become Hotter Than Celebrating the Outcome | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Social media is all about demonstrating the work -- not just glorifying successes.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What an insightful post, written by Matt Mayberry for Entrepreneur magazine. He's identified something new -- that the story of your journey is endlessly fascinating. And if the ending hasn't happened yet, not to worry! The journey itself is a story worthy to be told.


Mayberry gives us 4 ways to think about our journey and how to tell those stories. I say stories because being an entrepreneur, my journey has many different kinds of stories to it.


I also like that the author links to 2 sites who are sharing entrepreneur's journeys. I checked both out and for sure, they are a mix of stories and good advice. So neither one are all stories all the time, which makes sense from providing a mix of content for readers.


Substitute "leaders" for "entrepreneurs" and you've got the same good advice. Enjoy this piece and 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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Charli Wiggill's curator insight, February 4, 12:03 PM

In our fast-paced, modern world, we so need to guide our students to focus on the journey - and to enjoy the journey... not only to concentrate on the destination, thereby missing out on the wondrous experiences that make up that journey!

#MIEExpert #MIEExperts

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Four ways to build engagement in business storytelling

Four ways to build engagement in business storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling is about much more than telling a good tale. David Robertson explores the secrets to successful storytelling in business.
Lianne Picot's insight:

Nice article outlining how to build engagement with employees. It outlines 4 different types of stories that leaders can use in a very clear and effective way. Evidence based stories of customer experiences are particularly important and too often forgotten!


This review was written by Lianne Picot for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. You can join Lianne to talk story  in her online story community at the Story Powered® Institute 

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Thinking Strategically about Leadership Storytelling: 4 Steps

Thinking Strategically about Leadership Storytelling: 4 Steps | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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.
Karen Dietz's insight:

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!


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Insight Narrator's curator insight, December 10, 2015 5:03 AM

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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Story Impact: The Most (and Least) Empathetic Companies

Story Impact: The Most (and Least) Empathetic Companies | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Corporate empathy leads to high performance.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Over the years I've curated numerous articles on how storytelling builds empathy, and the necessity for doing so in business and leadership success.


Now we have the results of a recent study documenting the business results of increasing empathy. Yahoo!


Some of the names on the list -- and their ranking -- may surprise you. Like Coca-Cola. Or Nike. Who's at the bottom? Abercrombie & Fitch are next to the bottom. You can see last year's index here:

https://hbr.org/2015/01/corporate-empathy-is-not-an-oxymoron


I really like that the methodology Lady Geek used is explained (somewhat) and I tried to find out more. As far as I can tell, it looks solid -- and extensive. Since HBR is publishing the study, I'm going to rely on them.


What does this study mean to us? Get your stories on and build those empathy skills for bigger bottom line results!


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Be A Legendary Leader: Effective Storytelling for Growing Influence

This is a webinar I did for HRO Today on 11/17/15 about what every leader needs to know about business storytelling to increase their impact, influence, and ...
Karen Dietz's insight:

If you were unable to attend the free webinar I gave on Tuesday for HRO Today, and you want to know more about effective leadership and storytelling -- then here's your chance.


I've posted the re-play to my YouTube channel and can watch it there.


During the webinar I talk about:

  1. Why storytelling and leadership is important
  2. The results that happen
  3. Why stories work
  4. What leaders need to pay attention to when working with stories
  5. The process work working with stories in organizations
  6. A simple story structure to begin crafting compelling stories
  7. How to get started telling stories
  8. Action steps you can take today


Happy watching/listening and send me questions if you have them! Thanks -- Karen


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Way More Effective Teams Through Personal Storytelling

Way More Effective Teams Through Personal Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling leads to self-awareness.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's the latest research from Harvard Business Review demonstrating how sharing personal stories when on a team produces cohesion, better communication, deeper relationships -- and higher performance. Gotta love that.

 

Yet the research is limited. It only focuses on team members sharing personal stories for cohesion. What we know anecdotally is that team who continually share stories about their progress on a project also outperform teams who neglect sharing these stories.

 

So want the research on that, too! But at least we've got this piece now. Enjoy.

 

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The Importance Of Empathy & Storytelling: 9 Points

The Importance Of Empathy & Storytelling: 9 Points | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Karen Dietz's insight:

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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Great storytelling and leadership from Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

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During the Starbucks 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz expanded on a questi…
Lianne Picot's insight:

I have to admit that I find the tone of the political race in America disturbing. No one seems to be sharing a 'big story' of inspiration and possibility. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks feels the same way and shares his fears about America in this speech to the annual meeting of shareholders last month.

 

Particularly pay attention to his use of story to bring his thoughts to life and how he creates a shared meaning for the American Dream with the analogy of a reservoir. Great to see business leaders stepping up in this way!

 

This review was written by Lianne Picot for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-itYou can join Lianne to talk story  in her online community of practice at the Story Powered® Institute 

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Critical Mass for Business: What I Learned from Karen Dietz, Co-Author of "Business Storytelling for Dummies"

Critical Mass for Business: What I Learned from Karen Dietz, Co-Author of "Business Storytelling for Dummies" | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Last week, I had Karen Dietz, co-author of Business Storytelling for Dummies, on the Critical Mass Radio Show to share her insight into business storytelling and how her book provides practical experience and guidance. Here are three takeaways from my time with Karen on the Critical Mass Radio Show: 1. Business storytelling is different than any other kind …

Karen Dietz's insight:

Hey Everyone -- I was recently interviewed by business author and recognized expert on CEO peer groups, Ric Franzi, for his executive radio show.

 

The interview is 30 minutes long and Ric asked some great questions -- like "what's the difference between a storytelling and a story doing company?"

 

Enjoy the insights I share here, and subscribe to Ric's radio show. There's a ton of great information he and his speakers share with the world.

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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 25, 5:15 AM

Hey Everyone -- I was recently interviewed by business author and recognized expert on CEO peer groups, Ric Franzi, for his executive radio show.

 

The interview is 30 minutes long and Ric asked some great questions -- like "what's the difference between a storytelling and a story doing company?"

 

Enjoy the insights I share here, and subscribe to Ric's radio show. There's a ton of great information he and his speakers share with the world.

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Telling Prospects You're Great Without Sounding Like Donald Trump: 4 Storytelling Ways

Telling Prospects You're Great Without Sounding Like Donald Trump: 4 Storytelling Ways | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Inspiring confidence in your ability is fundamental to entrepreneurial success but narcissism is seldom the way to do it.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This post for Entrepreneur Magazine by author Kimanzi Constable shares 4 very effective ways to focus your stories so you don't sound like a braggart, or arrogant. 

 

Sounding arrogant or like you are bragging is the #1 concern of all storytellers -- even me after all these years.

 

All 4 ways Constable offers us are right on. This is a quick read that makes tons of sense, and will help you be more confident in your storytelling, no matter what.

 

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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oconnorandkelly's curator insight, March 7, 12:52 PM

This post for Entrepreneur Magazine by author Kimanzi Constable shares 4 very effective ways to focus your stories so you don't sound like a braggart, or arrogant. 

 

Sounding arrogant or like you are bragging is the #1 concern of all storytellers -- even me after all these years.

 

All 4 ways Constable offers us are right on. This is a quick read that makes tons of sense, and will help you be more confident in your storytelling, no matter what.

 

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

 

malek's curator insight, March 7, 7:37 PM

This post for Entrepreneur Magazine by author Kimanzi Constable shares 4 very effective ways to focus your stories so you don't sound like a braggart, or arrogant. 

 

Sounding arrogant or like you are bragging is the #1 concern of all storytellers -- even me after all these years.

 

All 4 ways Constable offers us are right on. This is a quick read that makes tons of sense, and will help you be more confident in your storytelling, no matter what.

 

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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Storytelling's Power: Gaining Truth Or Ignorance

Storytelling's Power: Gaining Truth Or Ignorance | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.
Karen Dietz's insight:

OK, this is a very different kind of article than I usually curate -- but it's designed to make us all smarter.

 

This post on the BBC blog by Georgina Kenyon talks about scientists who study the deliberate propagation of ignorance: agnotology.

 

It's a fascinating read and storytelling plays a part. The scientists who how telling a particular type of story creates confusion, effectively over-storying another narrative. It's a way of creating "not-knowing" in listeners, perpetuation ignorance.

 

We see some of the same dynamics internally in companies where certain kinds of stories are buried, creating a certain kind of ignorance.

 

What is truth, and what are "true" stories? Well, that's a whole other conversation, but at least this article helps us know more about how storytelling can shed light or keep us in the dark and ignorant.

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Leaders + Storytelling: Edelman's 2016 Trust Barometer A Surprise

Leaders + Storytelling: Edelman's 2016 Trust Barometer A Surprise | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Trust is the most valuable commodity in business, which is why we are all in the trust business. Tony Gnau looks at this year's Trust Barometer.
Karen Dietz's insight:

OK -- hot off the press is a recent study from the Edelman Trust detailing its Trust Barometer.


Who do people trust most today? Surprisingly enough -- businesses. They want businesses to lead the way when it comes to societal issues.


Specifically, they want leaders to be more visible. They want to get to know CEOs.


As the author of the post points out, the best way to do that, of course, is through storytelling -- even though many leaders are reluctant to be so visible, transparent, and vulnerable.


The author's solution (who produces videos) is to make videos of these leaders telling stories. Well, as we all know, the highest leverage point for leaders is in-person storytelling. That's the first go-to strategy. Sharing stories via video is your next strategy. Think of the 2 strategies blending together with in-person telling always being your first option if possible.


So remember this point regarding storytelling and leadership if you want to maximize trust.


Thanks to my Twitter buddy Os Ishmael @ICGJ_IDEATION  for suggesting this article to me.


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Want Success? The One Essential Leadership Skill That Storytelling Helps With

Want Success? The One Essential Leadership Skill That Storytelling Helps With | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Big ideas are important, but being a good listener is just as critical a skill to develop.
Karen Dietz's insight:

DDI just released this study (15,000 participants at 300 companies in 18 countries) and which skills wins hands down?


Empathy.


Even more surprising, only 40% of those surveyed were assessed as being able to listen and respond with empathy. Ouch!!


What's the best way to build empathy? Through sharing stories. Check out the research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1a7tiA1Qzo


But that also requires skills in story listening. Yes, listening to a story requires different behaviors that just listening to conversation, which Lori Silverman and I talk about in our bestselling book "Business Storytelling For Dummies".


And anyway, most people don't listen well anyway. Instead of deeply listening we're having a monologue with ourselves of what we are going to say in return.


So share lots of stories and use your story listening skills. These are what make an impactful and influential leader.


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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Leadership: It's a Conversation With Storytelling

Leadership: It's a Conversation With Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
How to improve employee engagement and alignment in today’s flatter, more networked organizations
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here is an article fresh from Harvard Business Review (HBR) discussion the most critical part of leadership -- that a leader's effectiveness is not so much about command and control, but about conversations with storytelling.


This is how most of our storytelling in life occurs anyway -- in conversation. There's a continuum of business storytelling that starts on one end with conversational storytelling, which then moves all the way to the other end with performance storytelling at the podium.


What I like about this article is how it pays attention to the dynamics of great conversational storytelling. Like intimacy, trust, listening, interactivity, etc.


As a leader, if you want better results then read this article to understand more about the power of conversations. It's the foundation for making change happen.


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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Story Renewal -- The Founder of TOMS Reimagining Its Mission

Story Renewal -- The Founder of TOMS Reimagining Its Mission | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Mycoskie realized that a desire to sustain hypergrowth had pushed the company away from its mission. So he took a sabbatical to figure out the future of TOMS and his role in it. The improbable result was an expansion into coffee.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This post, written by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS (Tomorrow's Shoes), not only tells the story of how TOMS was founded, but also the process Blake went through to renew the company's story.


Renewing your business stories is a process everyone must eventually go through. But it is rarely talked about except as a "rebranding" exercise. 


Yet renewing your tired, old, worn-out, or stuck stories is fundamental to business success. You'll know it's time to renew those stories when you get bored telling them, or they just don't have the "juice" they once had.


So go read this post, discover Blake's journey for renewing the TOMS story, and evaluate whether your stories could use a refresh. If they do, then get busy 'cause 2016 is almost here!


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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Want to be a better leader? Start listening!

Want to be a better leader? Start listening! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
How listening for stories can help you lead
Lianne Picot's insight:

A little shameless self promotion today! This article seemed to resonate with my connections and community so thought I would share it with you here too. Story listening is a key leadership tool that will help you have a richer understanding of what is happening in your business for your employees and customers. It also increases your confidence and credibility as a leader!


This review was written by Lianne Picot for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. You can join Lianne to talk story  in her online story community at the Story Powered® Institute 

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 3, 2015 9:57 AM

Leaders need to talk less....and listen more.

 

(From the article): Ask: Beyond surveys is this little known ancient technique called ‘asking’. We forget about this ‘old school’ way of finding things out in our world of being very ‘busy’ and relying on technology to communicate for us.  But asking is the best way to find stories AND value the experience of your people at the same time. Ask your customers or employees to tell you a story directly. If you want to use Skype, Facetime or even your blog, go for it. Ask them how your business has made a difference in their lives. Ask them to tell you a story about how you or someone who works for you has helped them. If you are talking to customers, you will have discovered golden information for your marketing team and leadership that demonstrates your impact. If you are talking to your staff, you will find out how well your Managers are doing and how engaged your team is in their work.

Esteban Aguirre Restrepo's curator insight, March 5, 9:12 AM

A little shameless self promotion today! This article seemed to resonate with my connections and community so thought I would share it with you here too. Story listening is a key leadership tool that will help you have a richer understanding of what is happening in your business for your employees and customers. It also increases your confidence and credibility as a leader!


This review was written by Lianne Picot for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. You can join Lianne to talk story  in her online story community at the Story Powered® Institute 

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Want Engagement? Storytelling is Relational, not Transactional

Want Engagement? Storytelling is Relational, not Transactional | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
My origin story is a tale of constant change. The most recent transition, from running the multimedia desk at the New York Times to chairing the University of Oregon's Agora Journalism Center, is filled with many life lessons.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post this is, with really good insights about engagement.


We know marketing, branding, and other business storytelling applications are beginning to make the switch into engagement. This post is written from the field of journalism about what engagement looks and feels like -- for example, the need for interdisciplinary skills.


Here are 3 ways to get the most insights from this article: 

  1. Read it through once as is.
  2. Read it through again, and substitute the word "storytelling" for the word "journalism".
  3. Read it through a third time, and substitute the word "marketing" for the word "journalism".


Have fun and let's create more engagement!


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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