Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.
I love this story shown in this video and tell it all the time in my biz story workshops and MBA classes. The story is particularly instructive for nonprofits. It is a terrific way to teach the power of a story -- along with what makes it work and why. I simply call it "The Poet's Story".
I never show the video however. I always tell it orally so we can also debrief the power of the oral and face-to-face storyteling experience.
There are several digital versions out there, and I think this is the best one.
Back Story to This Video
Now here is something about this story I bet you did not know:
It is based on a true story. This video version is set in Spain. The original story is from Paris in the 1950s and is told by the poet Jacques Prevért about an experience he had.
I originally heard the story from storyteller and fellow Folklorist Sunwolf, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Professor, at the Dept. of Communication & Visiting Professor, at the School of at Law Santa Clara University. Prevért told her the story and gave Sunwolf permission to use it. I asked Sunwolf for her permission to tell it a few years ago, which she graciously granted (gaining permissions for a story is important, as is keeping track of where it came from).
I think we owe a lot to both Sunwolf @WordWhispers and Prevért. Many thanks to both for allowing this story life and the opportunity to do its work in the world.
And thank you also to Kenneth Mikkelsen for suggesting I curate this!
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it