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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Hey folks -- what a great article that talk about how dramatically the brain changes when it is engage with a story. It is terrific information for when you want to explain the power of storytelling and why it works so powerfully in communication.


Tips for working with stories include exchange giving suggestions for telling stories with others; how to write more persuasively using stories; and a reminder to boil down the complex into the simple via stories.


This post is a nice piece and will come in handy -- either to explain storytelling or to stimulate ideas for how to work with stories in your marketing. Keep it around!


Thanks go to my friend and story colleague Patti Christiansen for finding this article and sending it to me! 


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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About The Just Story It (TM) Curation

About The Just Story It (TM) Curation | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Here are the best articles from across the web that I can find on using stories and storytelling in business.


And visit my website for more information about my speaking, writing, coaching, consulting, and workshops at www.juststoryit.com 

Karen Dietz's insight:

Editorial Statement For This Collection:

Thank you for visiting this curation of articles on business storytelling. I've chosen them because they actually make a contribution to our knowledge and wisdom about stories, show us how to apply stories to growing our businesses, or give valuable how-to tips.

 

I weed out all the junk. And besides, who needs another post in why storytelling is important?? Where's the beef?? We want the meat!

 

I'm the author of the bestselling book Business Storytelling For Dummies (with Lori Silverman) and an original in the field of business storytelling. Based on my 20+ years of biz story experience, (plus a PhD in Folklore) I've written reviews of each article to share what I like best, what you can get from reading the article, or what may be missing in the article.

 

I'm now joined by other top business story professionals in the field who are also curating on this site: Jim Signorelli, Madelyn Blair, Lianne Picot, and Kathy Klotz-Guest.

 

How To Find A Topic: Click on the Filter icon above (look for the 'funnel' shape), and view the tags. Select one that interests you, or type in a keyword in the search box. All the articles with that tag or keyword will appear.

 

I may occasionally review an article that I think is problematic as a way to educate us all, although most I will simply pass over. If you wonder if I've seen an article that is not included here, send me a message and I'll respond.

 

How To Suggest An Article: If you find an article you think I'll be interested in, click the 'Suggest' button above, past the URL of the article, and I will receive it. Or write me a comment with the URL by clicking on 'Reactions' at the bottom of any article. You will see where can post a comment, which I will also receive.

I trust you find many great insights and tips here. Many thanks for visiting and enjoy the articles!

 

And I hope you will also visit my website for more tips and tools, and to sign up for my newsletter to receive your free "What The Heck Is A Story?!" guide. Don't forget to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, too. See you around the storytelling 'hood.

 

Karen Dietz

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Curation within curation... clever...:-)))

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Pre-suasion and change: is this real? 

Pre-suasion and change: is this real?  | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Every leader faces the challenge of leading their organization through change. To beat the high odds of failure during change, Dr. Robert Cialdini offers these insights for how leaders can "pre-suade" those they lead to commit to the journey of change.
Karen Dietz's insight:

If you click through to the actual article you will notice the headline is: "4 Ways Leaders 'Pre-suade" Others To Follow Them Through Difficult Change"

 

Sounds like info you don't want to miss! But what is "pre-suasion" anyway? It's a new term from influence guru Robert Cialdini. But what does it really mean??

 

Hard to tell from this post. What I see is that at its core, it's about knowing the dynamics of storytelling and story sharing. For example, one of the 4 ways in this post is honest conversations about the ups and downs of the proposed change -- as a way to build credibility for your vision. In reality, that's both storytelling, story evoking, and story listening. Not that the post or Cialdini recognizes the full dynamic.

 

The rest of the "ways" are familiar -- except for #3: timing is everything. That's a cool little piece of info about when in the year/quarter/month/week to launch a change effort that I'm going to add into my toolkit.

 

Bottom line: "pre-suasion" is new jargon. But linking storytelling to change is much more complicated than the article suggests. Based on my years of experience with org change, I have written articles about storytelling + change, and have a chart that goes along with it. If you are interested in both, go to my webpage and send me an email making the request: http://www.juststoryit.com/contact/

 

Change is a constant -- let's learn how to really use the dynamics of storytelling to ease our way through it.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, Today, 6:45 AM

The important part of this list is #4, find a common ground, because without it change will fail.

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The Origin Story of Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell's Visionary 1980s Tech Incubator

The Origin Story of Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell's Visionary 1980s Tech Incubator | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
After bringing us Pong and Chuck E. Cheese's, the legendary entrepreneur built a startup factory that tackled 21st-century ideas with 1980s tech.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Origin Stories come in all shapes and sizes. The post before was all an ad telling Anheuser-Busch's Origin Story. This article is much longer, going into depth about Nolan Bushnell, the origin of Atari, Chuck E Cheese, and other tech companies he founded (yes, the pizza chain had tech roots!).

 

This just goes to show several points:

  1. Even a long story can be engaging
  2. Each Origin Story is unique -- no 2 companies have the same story
  3. Your Origin Story helps define who you are and what makes you unique in the marketplace

 

Enjoy reading this post. Now I just wish I knew more about the Anheuser-Busch Origin story!

 

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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New! Vending Machines That Dispense Short Stories in France

New! Vending Machines That Dispense Short Stories in France | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Eight new vending machines have popped up in the public spaces of Grenoble, France. The vending machines sit near the Alpine city’s town hall, the tourist office, and the libraries, but Grenoble hasn’t suddenly developed a taste for Lay’s potato chips and Snickers bars—these vending machines dispense short stories.
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's the beginning of a new year, and time for some fun! Here's a quick post on a storytelling vending machine in France. Waiting in line? Push a button and get your 1, 2, or 3 minute story (your choice) to read -- FREE!

 

Looking forward to this making it over here to the US soon. Don't you wish we had it now? Thanks to storyteller Connie Reagan Blake for sharing about this in her recent newsletter.

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Storytelling: 27 Inspiring Quotes To Inspire You

Storytelling: 27 Inspiring Quotes To Inspire You | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
We're all storytellers. But that doesn't mean we can all tell great stories. These 27 inspiring quotes will help you become a better storyteller.
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's Friday and time for some fun! Here's a post with 27 quotes about storytelling that I found for you.

 

Enjoy these and have a great weekend!

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Awful Storytelling: The Top Four Mistakes Business Leaders Make

Awful Storytelling: The Top Four Mistakes Business Leaders Make | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
"Sorry, let me just tell a quick story" is the fastest way to lose your audience before you even begin.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post from my colleague Paul Smith, author of Lead With A Story!

 

Here are 4 mistakes you will never want to make in your storytelling. 

 

The last one is particularly useful: not recognizing a story when you hear one. Yep -- lots of opportunity and money is left on the table because of this one.

 

Read about the other 3 mistakes and remember -- don't go there.

 

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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Business Success: The Power of Owning Your Story

Business Success: The Power of Owning Your Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
We all have parts of our story that are a little more difficult to own up to than others. And, since, as humans, we are wired to avoid pain, we ofte
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a powerful post with invaluable reminders of just what can happen when we really own our stories.

 

I see the transformation that's talked about here all the time with my clients. They are unsure of how to tell their stories. Or some stories remain unfinished and untold because no one was there to help them resolve what happened in their story.

 

But once they are able to find their voice and own their story, amazing things happen: greater confidence, presence, stature, compassion, humility, clarity of purpose, etc. This all leads to more profound results in their business. You may never tell that story to others, yet the effect is the same.

 

We all have stories that we don't own, that keep us from harvesting the results we really want. Time to get to work on those stories :)

 

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 the most out of data with storytelling

Getting the most out of data with storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Learn how to use storytelling to make sure everyone on your team can easily understand and act on your research insights.
Karen Dietz's insight:

OK -- here's a much better article on data storytelling than the one I curated yesterday! It helps you move through the process of working with your data using storyboarding. This creates your narrative.

 

I also like the points made about the impact storytelling will have on a product team, suggestions for finding an insight, and how to keep the visuals simple. 

 

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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Insight Narrator's curator insight, November 14, 2016 12:49 PM

OK -- here's a much better article on data storytelling than the one I curated yesterday! It helps you move through the process of working with your data using storyboarding. This creates your narrative.

 

I also like the points made about the impact storytelling will have on a product team, suggestions for finding an insight, and how to keep the visuals simple. 

 

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

Barbara Ganley's curator insight, December 13, 2016 9:27 AM
data + story -- ya need them both
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Storytelling & Customer Journeys: Let Emotion Be Your Guide

Storytelling & Customer Journeys: Let Emotion Be Your Guide | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A UX gig for a hospital turned into an unexpected insight: in the realm of emotions, digital and bricks and mortar become one.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a lengthy article but full of lessons and insights. So it is well worth the read.

 

The two authors start out talking about working with a hospital client to redesign their website using customer journey mapping. They thought they were collecting stories from customers -- but NOT! I keep asking myself, "What were they doing??"

 

Anyway, they finally figured out how to spark actual stories and then the project took off. Here's the gold they finally realized:

 

"When we completed our interviews at the end of the week, we had an incredibly rich number of stories to draw from—so many, in fact, that we were able to craft a digital strategy that went far beyond what the hospital website would do. (Website? We kept saying to ourselves. Who cares about the website?) We realized that in many ways, we were limiting ourselves by thinking about a website strategy, or even a digital strategy. By connecting with the emotional content of the conversations, we started to think about a customer strategy—one that would be medium-agnostic."

 

That is so powerful, in and of itself. But it doesn't stop there. The authors share the entire story of their experiences and insights on this project. It's a great read with lots of lessons we can all apply.

 

For me it demonstrated once again the power of story evoking, storytelling, connection, emotion, and empathy and creates tremendous mind shifts for companies. This article is a keeper.

 

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 Journey: Microsoft's Chief Storyteller Remarkable Adventure

Storytelling Journey: Microsoft's Chief Storyteller Remarkable Adventure | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
"Grounded" is the first word that comes to mind when I reflect back on my conversation with Microsoft's Chief Storyteller, Steve Clayton. Grounded no
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post by my friend Karthik Rajan. Do you want to know the journey of Microsoft's Chief Storyteller? I encourage you to read the article because there are great nuggets of wisdom for anyone on this path in organizations.

 

Good job Karthik. I like the ending and I think readers will too :)

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Here's how a passion and the knack for storytelling landed Steve Clayton the gig of Chief Storyteller at Microsoft. 
 
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Redesigning Your Story: Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change

Redesigning Your Story: Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
They should start by understanding their own behavior.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Truer words couldn't be said: if leaders can't reshape, reframe, deconstruct & reconstruct their stories, the organizations they head can't change either.

 

This article from HBR clearly discusses how and why it's so important for leaders to dig into the "inner game of storytelling" to realize the company changes they desire.

 

I like the examples and tips they give, and I know you will too. Once you know which stories to tell, once you know how to craft fabulous stories and deliver them well, once you know how to leverage story dynamics for greater influence, then you reach this stage. It's where I'm hanging out a lot in my work today.

 

Want change? Go 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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Secrets of Business Storytelling - Critical Mass Radio Show With Karen Dietz

Secrets of Business Storytelling - Critical Mass Radio Show With Karen Dietz | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Looking to getting your point across, get staff on board, or foster collaboration?! YOU can do all this through the perfect plan of business storytelling. The book "Business Storytelling for Dummies" can help you discover expert advice through real-worl

Karen Dietz's insight:

Last week I was thrilled to be a guest on Ric Franzi's Critical Mass Radio Show.Ric creates premium learning experiences for CEOs. We had a great time and in 24 minutes covered these 3+ points:

 

1. Storytelling is one of the most important skills to have in business. Do not get stuck in facts and data; inspire your audience by engaging them in a relatable story or anecdote that relates to the topic at hand. Stories are what ultimately move people to action.

2. Everyone has a story to tell; the key is to tell that story effectively. Effective business storytelling is when you are able to use your story to convey a key message: what the story is about, what the point of the story is, how it connects to the business, etc.To be effective, your story should offer up an idea or suggestion about how to take action.

3. Don’t just learn how to craft stories, also learn how to listen for stories. This skill allows you to work with the dynamics of storytelling for greater influence as a business leader. Listening to stories is effective when it comes to sales, marketing, and working with employees. When you listen for stories, you gain valuable information and a deeper understanding of what’s happening around you, which results in the ability to make far better decisions.

 

Have fun listening to the show and here's the direct link: http://podcast.criticalmassforbusiness.com/e/episode-946-critical-mass-radio-show-october-11-2016-karen-dietz/

 

Thanks for a fab time Ric! @CEOPEERGROUPS

 

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The Dark Side of Storytelling & Ethical Steps To Take

The Dark Side of Storytelling & Ethical Steps To Take | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A powerful, emotion-drenched story is at the heart of every con job.
Karen Dietz's insight:

OK -- we are mired in a Presidential election where hate mongering is the norm. It's a battle for your brain using amygdala hijacks and dark stories. What's a person to do?

 

Here Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, talks more about this using the company Theranos as an example, not the election. But the principles are the same:

  1. When engaging in business storytelling, individuals and companies also need to have great defenses against cheats and manipulators who distort stories.
  2. Build a bedrock of ethical storytelling. You can "deploy story—as con artists do—as a weapon of psychological and emotional manipulation" -- or not. Choose not. Download your free storytelling ethics guide here
  3. I'll add: don't get caught up in the dark side of the hero's story (I'm the savior, I'm the lone hero, if you are not with me you are against me, I can do whatever I want because I have the power, etc.)

 

And if you want to know communication strategies for polarized groups (useful after the election), check out this HBR article.

 

Recognize that authenticity and truth-telling is a better form of business and story on in ways that enliven and uplift everyone.

 

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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Transformational Storytelling: The Real “State of Power” is Culture

Transformational Storytelling: The Real “State of Power” is Culture | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A growing number of people have been connecting the dots across issues ranging from political corruption and biased corporate media to anti-science propaganda promoted by the fossil fuel industry and…
Karen Dietz's insight:

Part of my Transformational Storytelling System for businesses and leaders focuses on the ability to use storytelling to transform yourself, your company, your community -- or bigger systems like the world.

 

In order to be effective in transforming culture/community/world, awareness needs to be built around the narratives regarding business, economics, debt, power, etc. that we are all immersed in.

 

Here's a blog post that really starts talking about these narratives, offers ideas for creating shifts, and an approach to use. It's just an overview, but there are links to follow and explore more.

 

Want to make a bigger impact and leave a lasting legacy? Then dig into this article. Just be prepared to confront the uncomfortable...

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20 Fab Ways to Actually Tell Your Stories On Social Media

20 Fab Ways to Actually Tell Your Stories On Social Media | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Is it possible to narrate a story with social media posts that are supposed to be short and sweet? Yes! Here're 20 creative social media storytelling ideas.
Karen Dietz's insight:

In all my years of curating, I've looked at tons of articles promoting storytelling on social media. The problem? The posts are not really about storytelling. They are about photo sharing, 140-character opinions, posting links, and anything else you can think of. There's been mention of your collective tweets/posts/photos adding up to "your story" -- but that's a vague notion at best. None of this is really helpful.

 

Finally Alfred Lua from Buffer has written an intelligent piece that really does talk about storytelling -- yes, real stories -- and how to do it on different social media platforms. Yay!

 

Go grab these ideas and start having a field day sharing your stories.

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donhornsby's curator insight, Today, 9:22 AM
Stories enable us to build personality and create a connection with consumers. But can we actually tell a story on social media? Is it possible to narrate a story with social media posts that are supposed to be short and sweet? 

It turns out there are many ways to use social media for storytelling!
 
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Your Origin Story: What We Can Learn From a Super Bowl Commercial

Your Origin Story: What We Can Learn From a Super Bowl Commercial | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

I was spellbound. “Man…I want to see this movie,” I thought, and looked forward to sending the link to a couple of friends who I also knew would be touched by this stirring story unfolding before my

Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's an example of a company's Origin Story. This is one of the 6 Signature Stories every company needs to tell about itself. 

 

Here Anheuser-Busch shares just a piece of its Origin Story in this Super Bowl ad. We only get a piece because it is an ad. Obviously, there's more to share about how the company got started, and this short piece entices you to want more.

 

Thank you to colleague David Lee of www.HumanNatureAtWork.com for sending this to me.

 

What's your Origin Story?

 

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Finding Common Ground From The World Of Storytelling

Finding Common Ground From The World Of Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"As I pondered these questions for my own best response to the current conflicts we face, I looked at the JIT Core Values on the wall in my office; values that lie at the foundation of how we strive to engage with each other, connect with our diverse volunteers, and create partnerships with the young people we serve."

Karen Dietz's insight:

Two things happened to be today so far: an amazing conversation with my Mastermind group about taking Purposeful Action as business leaders, and then an email I received from one of my clients, Don Wells, Executive Director of Just In Time For Foster Youth.

 

Don shares the values of his organization and shows us how they can be used as guideposts for navigating today's realities. 

 

What I love is his connecting his organization's values to real-world national events, and a productive mindset for ALL of us going forward together. This is leadership and influence in action.

 

I was so inspired by both events that I've written a blog post sharing Don's wisdom, and offering a few practical steps to take in addition.

 

I hope you enjoy both.

 

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 & Leadership: Ways Through The Authenticity Paradox

Storytelling & Leadership: Ways Through The Authenticity Paradox | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Why feeling like a fake can be a sign of growth
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The author of this HBR article, Herminia Ibarra, makes some very good points about authenticity and leadership -- and how getting stuck in your story can hinder your rise in the ranks.

 

Being authentic in your storytelling is critical. But there are elements to be aware of.

 

Ibarra talks about how to navigate authenticity and its relationship to leadership growth. It's a very thorough discussion with lots of insights about the problem and suggested solutions. I know you will get a lot out of this evergreen post.

 

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 battles and healing a divided America

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basi
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The stories told in this US election were at a fever pitch and we all found ourselves in a battle -- not just disagreement. No matter what you political views are, this TED talk clear explains how ALL individuals can move forward. 

 

This is a profound lesson in leadership storytelling and influence.

 

Here's what I know -- being stuck in being "right", being stuck in your position, won't do a darn thing for you or anyone else except make you more right and everyone else wrong. That's where we get to feel superior, judgemental, prideful, and arrogant. It's the breeding ground of hatred and racism.

 

The personal consequences are steep: power struggles, fighting, pain, distance, and anger/hatred in relationships. Add to that feeling personally deadened, tense, unhappy, imprisoned, used, frustrated, angry, hopeless, or victimized.

 

Yes, stand up for what you believe -- but don't let yourself be a brick wall.

 

We have other choices as Jonathan Haidt lays out. There is "right" on both sides. What I particularly love is Haidt explaining the human psychological and cultural movements that brought us to today. And what to do about it. 

 

You may not be ready today to watch this -- so save it for tomorrow. But do watch it.

 

Think about how you personally want to be these next 4 years. Choose wisely.

 

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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What Makes Great Leaders? Storytelling

What Makes Great Leaders? Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

I'm sure you've heard this expression: "People leave managers, not
companies."  When you combine this piece of wisdom with the latest research showing 70% of US workers are either not engaged or actively disengaged at work, all I can say is "Yikes!"

Karen Dietz's insight:

Storytelling is not the only answer to what makes great leaders, but it sure counts for a lot.

 

Here's my recent blog post about the 5 ways for leaders to be storytelling for maximum results.

 

I specifically talk about how to implement these 5 ways using different storytelling skills.

 

Enjoy an story on!

 

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Data Storytelling From Disney -- snore

Data Storytelling From Disney -- snore | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Just like any good Disney film, data needs a narrative structure to help marketers tell the best story.
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OK -- this is just dumb. Here's Disney's view of how to do data storytelling for marketers:

 

  1. The story has to have a beginning, middle, and end. Duh.
  2. Focus on understanding the audience (duh) by focusing deeply on demographics & emotional states. Useless information for most data jockeys.
  3. Have the right data. Duh, but sometimes tough to do.

 

OK -- their perspective is all about what they need to know to get audiences to watch their movies. I'm sure it works for them.

 

But for most of us wrestling with data storytelling in business, it's all about:

  1. The 3 kinds of insights you can gain from your data (indications, usefulness, actions)
  2. The process for unearthing these insights
  3. Then how to craft the story so your data can help people make better decisions that lead to making a difference

 

Sometimes these 3 steps are an iterative process that points out you've got to upgrade the data in the first place.

 

Just because Disney says something doesn't mean you should pay attention. Case in point.

 

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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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's comment, November 3, 2016 9:25 PM
I thought wow insight from a Disney data guy, this should be a good article. Nope, haha analyze the emotional state of a 10 year old. Easy I've done the research. Mom, Dad can you buy me that.
Karen Dietz's comment, November 4, 2016 11:31 AM
Ha ha Brian! You are so right on. See me laughing :))
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Storytelling Is The Path for Learning Leaders Winning Friends + Influencing People

Storytelling Is The Path for Learning Leaders Winning Friends + Influencing People | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Sheer talent will only yield so much problem-solving capability. It’s one reason relationships are so important for business success.

Michael Chavez, CEO of Duke Corporate Education, said leaders needn’t look further than this summer’s Brexit vote as an example of this. Increasingly complex problems will not be easily solved with a purely functional mindset. The relationships people will need to build in the British government moving forward will be far more important than arriving at the right answer when there are many pathways out of the predicament, he explained.

That’s politics, but relationships are no less important in business. Learning leaders in particular have to be strong networkers and collaborators to be effective. Chavez said networking is probably a requirement for the job. If he had to hire a chief learning officer of his own, he said he’d be willing to trade off experience working with learning management systems, for instance, for a proven track record of building relationships based on the work. “Technical expertise in learning is not sufficient — necessary but not sufficient — to drive the kind of learning solutions that organizations need.”

Via David Hain
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a great article that thoroughly discusses the steps leaders need to take to create a learning organization. The first step is to become a learning leader yourself. After that there are 6 steps to shift into a learning culture (that is more productive and profitable).

 

What's storytelling got to do with it? It's the way to implement all 6 steps to get to those concrete results. Storytelling is the path. Like most articles, steps are offered, but not the "how". In this case, storytelling can be the powerful "how".

 

But it's really about story dynamics -- the give and take of conversational storytelling. That means leaders need training in how to evoke stories from others, how to listen for stories, and the best ways/timing for giving appreciations. These are covered in Chapter 5 of our book "Business Storytelling For Dummies".

 

On the flip side of the coin is learning storytelling skills to foster authenticity, empathy, transparency, and executive presence.

 

What I love about this article are the examples/case studies they provide. This moves the content from platitudes to real life experiences. 'Gotta love that.

 

Dig into this rich post and start making these changes today.

 

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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David Hain's curator insight, November 1, 2016 4:13 AM

Are you a learning leader? if not, don't expect a learning organisation!

donhornsby's curator insight, November 1, 2016 10:48 AM
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
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New Trend: Is Transmedia Storytelling The Future Of Recruiting?

New Trend: Is Transmedia Storytelling The Future Of Recruiting? | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Today’s recruiting is different. The old transactional models aren’t necessarily gone, but they’re augmented by an entirely new set of approaches and platforms borrowed from marketing. That’s right; recruiters are now marketers.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a trend to consider: using storytelling to pull people into your talent pool instead of using traditional marketing techniques to push messages out to prospective candidates.

 

Actually, I think it's a mix of both. But I see less pull and more push around recruiting these days.

 

I like this post because the talent wars are intense these days. The author offers up good tips and strategies for using technology to attract people to your company.  

 

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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Neuroscience of Storytelling: Your Brain on Podcasts

Neuroscience of Storytelling: Your Brain on Podcasts | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Different people’s brains absorb a compelling story in the roughly the same complicated pattern, using many parts of the brain, researchers found.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Lots of storytelling goes on in Podcasts, and they could be considered a narrative form in and of themselves. So here's an article about what goes on in the brain when we hear podcasts.

 

What I really like is that the podcasts used in this research was storytelling from The Moth. Which are all stories.

 

What did they find? "And so it goes, for each word and concept as it is added to the narrative flow, as the brain adds and alters layers of networks: A living internal reality takes over the brain." Multiple areas of the brain are activated along with layers and layers of neural networks. This shows us again how storytelling is a whole-brain/whole body immersive experience.

 

So cool! Add this to your files about the brain on storytelling :)

 

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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Pedro Vélez Pardo's curator insight, November 3, 2016 8:56 AM

Lots of storytelling goes on in Podcasts, and they could be considered a narrative form in and of themselves. So here's an article about what goes on in the brain when we hear podcasts.

 

What I really like is that the podcasts used in this research was storytelling from The Moth. Which are all stories.

 

What did they find? "And so it goes, for each word and concept as it is added to the narrative flow, as the brain adds and alters layers of networks: A living internal reality takes over the brain." Multiple areas of the brain are activated along with layers and layers of neural networks. This shows us again how storytelling is a whole-brain/whole body immersive experience.

 

So cool! Add this to your files about the brain on storytelling :)

 

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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No Storytelling: 4 Reasons Why Nobody Pays Attention To Your Presentation

No Storytelling: 4 Reasons Why Nobody Pays Attention To Your Presentation | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Giving a powerful presentation is both an art and a science. Here's a look at the science.
Karen Dietz's insight:

In my work with companies, CEOs, and executive teams I see these 4 mistakes being made all the time.

 

What's the one that requires the most attention? #3 -- having a non-narrative presentation. Which is what I spend the most time working on with clients. This includes not only how to structure a presentation so it is a narrative, but also figuring out the right stories to tell, how to merge data and storytelling together so it's effective, and then delivering the whole enchilada.

 

Once that's done, then problem #4 almost goes away by itself since storytelling easily cures the one-directional nature of most PowerPoints.

 

Don't make the 4 mistakes listed here, and keep working on upgrading your storytelling skills for winning presentations every single time.

 

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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Underdog Storytelling: The Right (And Wrong) Way To Harness This Story

Underdog Storytelling: The Right (And Wrong) Way To Harness This Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Fighting against long odds can be a powerful motivator and a smart marketing move, if you do it properly.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post. There are lots of articles out there listing the Underdog Story as one of several you could harness in your business branding. But as Barry Saltzman points out -- be careful!

 

Saltzman has a solid discussion about the Underdog Story and its benefits. He then goes into how this story can go awry -- and how to avoid that from happening.

 

It's good stuff with important points of view you won't want to miss -- whether you are an underdog or not.

 

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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