The food, wine and company were all excellent, as were the discussions we had as people switched places and mingled around during the courses. Many of these professional colleagues have become friends and the distinction between networking and socializing has become blurred — and not as a result of the wine receptions at such events.
Ahhhhh -- what a wonderful post about the importance of conversational storytelling, socializing, face-to-face contact, and growing your business.
Truly, in this age of 'messaging' and the delivering of content, we are perhaps forgetting that the most powerful mode for connecting with others and growing our businesses is through conversational story sharing.
This post is a lovely reminder to slow down, listen to the stories of others, and enjoy the amazing stories can people share when you are really listening. Whole worlds open up and you find yourself taken to unexpected places.
How does this help you business when all around you, you are being encouraged to hone and deliver your message and business story?
It's the yin and the yang -- yes, craft and deliver those messages. That's the yang. But never forget that business grows through relationships. Use the yin of conversational storytelling to form and deepend relationships.
That means you need to be a master appreciaitve listener, and know how to evoke stories in others -- exceedingly valuable business skills.
Keep that yin and yang of business storytelling balanced and reap the rewards!
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it