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Story Listening: 5 Ways It Grows Your Business

Story Listening: 5 Ways It Grows Your Business | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The smartest people hear what others are saying and encourage them to speak what they are afraid to tell.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Listening is the first skill to develop when in business storytelling. This post shares 5 benefits you'll receive when listening that boosts the bottom line. Gotta love that.


The article focuses mostly on Active Listening. The formal definition of Active Listening is: "a communication technique used in counselling, training and conflict resolution, which requires the listener to feed back what they hear to the speaker, by way of re-stating or paraphrasing what they have heard in their own words, to confirm what they have heard and moreover, to confirm the understanding of both parties."


But did you know there are 5 other types of listening that are just as important? They are:

  1. Appreciative Listening (listening without an agenda)
  2. Discriminative Listening (listening "between the lines" to gain deeper meaning)
  3. Comprehensive Listening (to understand the speaker and to learn, remember, and recall what is said)
  4. Empathic Listening (to experience how someone is feeling)
  5. Critical Listening (evaluating the worth of the message)


As you can tell, Active Listening doesn't work in story sharing situations. Knowing the other 5 types of listening does, however. Keep practicing all of your story listening skills in order to realize the 5 benefits outlined in this post.


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Data Storytelling: 6 Ways To Do It Throughout the Customer Lifecycle

Data Storytelling: 6 Ways To Do It Throughout the Customer Lifecycle | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Examples from IBM, OkCupid, and more.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great article from HBR! Written by Alexandra Samuel, this post focuses on the different kinds of stories a company can tell with data throughout the customer life cycle. Yahoo!


We continue to get more sophisticated around telling stories with data. This post adds to our knowledge by talking about different kinds of data stories to tell, depending on where you customer is in the buying/engagement cycle.


I love that Samuel brought examples into the post for each different kind of story.


Now -- here's the rub -- data alone does not tell a story. So pay attention when you are sharing data that you are also actually telling a story, too. Make sure you create the present day setting, offer a problem or challenge, share what your data is telling you, deliver the opportunity + benefits available, deliver a strong close and a vision for what's possible.


OK -- go have fun digging into this piece, looking at the examples, and crafting your own kinds of data stories that connect with your customers using this model.


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Bringing the Story to Life: Build Engagement + Results

Employees are your toughest audience of all to engage with. Building and engaging internal audiences is key to creating differentiating experiences for custome…
Karen Dietz's insight:

To go hand in hand with the HBR research on how stories influence behavior, we've got this SlideShare program by @CarlaJohnson on how to work with stories to boost engagement.


Pay attention to the model on slide 18. It looks very interesting.


Two companies are profiled -- Blackberry and MolsonCoors. I like the MolsonCoors example the best. It has more robust and meaningful results. They are quite impressive.


So the model seems to work. Would it apply to every company, do you think?


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Ending Your Storied Speech with a Bang: 9 Fab Ways

There must be a better way to conclude your speech. After all, what the grand finale is to a musician, the conclusion is to a speaker. Learn the 9 awesome ways…
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a helpful and snackable SlideShare for this Friday!


It's a short 20 slides giving 9 great ways to end a presentation/podcast/webinar.


Endings are tricky and where a lot of people flub up. Some of these endings you'll recognize, some may be new to you.


Even better, the author Sketchbubble, gives us 8 traps to avoid. Enjoy these tips for ending a winning presentation.


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The Secret To Speaking & Storytelling W/ Passion From Wayne Dyer

The Secret To Speaking & Storytelling W/ Passion From Wayne Dyer | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Inspiring speakers have an abundance of passion for their topic—the burning desire to share their ideas.
Karen Dietz's insight:

The famed and much beloved self-help author and motivational speaker, Wayne Dyer, passed away this last weekend, yet his advice lives on.


In this post, written by Carmine Gallo for Forbes, he shares with us the secret to speaking success that also applies to storytelling.


Passion is a tired and overused word these days. When someone says, "Speak/tell with passion" it gets translated into speaking/telling with vigor, being loud, wildly gesticulating, and being forceful. All of that can convey passion -- but so can silence, standing still, standing rock solid in your convictions.


So what is Wayne Dyer's secret for successful speaking and storytelling that allows a better kind of authentic passion to emerge? Read the article and I think you'll be surprised. The points he makes are not commonly recognized but totally right on.


Enjoy this piece and may the storytelling Force be with you.


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Sushma Sharma's curator insight, September 2, 2015 8:30 PM

Passion evokes change in others 

Jane Dunnewold's comment, September 3, 2015 10:36 AM
Love this. Isn't everything about passion - if it can be?
Karen Dietz's comment, September 3, 2015 3:49 PM
Right on Jane! Yes, I particularly love how he characterizes passion. Thanks for commenting.
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Storytelling For Social Change: NY City Police's Powerful Twist

Storytelling For Social Change: NY City Police's Powerful Twist | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
As part of efforts to raise public awareness about the risks and dangers of owning guns, a gun control group called States United To Prevent Gun Violence
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a very powerful video designed to spark change. It takes the lessons from the Significant Objects Project (attach a personal story to an inexpensive garage sale item and purchasers bid to buy it at a 2,000-6,000 price increase) and applies it to social change. This time it's guns.


Whatever you think about gun ownership, this is an amazing example of what happens when people are told the story behind the weapon. It's a brilliant use of storytelling and gives us ideas of other ways to link stories and objects together.


If you are in favor of gun ownership, you are going to hate this video. If you believe gun deaths are a national health crisis, you will love it.


And don't think I'm naive on this topic. I'm no stranger to guns. I grew up in the military, was around weapons all my life, and back in the day won prizes for my marksmanship. I think this video is awesome and hats off to the NY City Police for putting this together.


Thank you to colleague Mary Alice Arthur for posting the French version to Facebook and pointing it out to me.


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How To Create The Culture You Want With Stories

How To Create The Culture You Want With Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
What stories are told in your organization today? Are you aware of them? Do they reinforce your desired culture or do they inspire undesired actions?
Karen Dietz's insight:

The author of this article, S. Chris Edmonds, shares a few incredibly important points for leaders sharing stories. The first one is that stories help guide behavior. Tell the wrong stories and you'll be sorry.


On the other hand, if a leader knows the right stories to share, the bottom line increases. Gotta love that. Makes you wonder why more CEOs are paying attention this. And if you are a CEO who does -- yay!


I will also point out that sharing stories is not enough. Rewards and acknowledgement are critical for success. You'll see what I mean when you read the article.


What I also really like in this post are the 2 stories Edmonds shares to make his point. Not only are they good stories, they drive home the advice he brings to the table. Enjoy.


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Elysian Training's curator insight, August 10, 2015 5:43 AM

The author of this article, S. Chris Edmonds, shares a few incredibly important points for leaders sharing stories. The first one is that stories help guide behavior. Tell the wrong stories and you'll be sorry.

 

On the other hand, if a leader knows the right stories to share, the bottom line increases. Gotta love that. Makes you wonder why more CEOs are paying attention this. And if you are a CEO who does -- yay!

 

I will also point out that sharing stories is not enough. Rewards and acknowledgement are critical for success. You'll see what I mean when you read the article.

 

What I also really like in this post are the 2 stories Edmonds shares to make his point. Not only are they good stories, they drive home the advice he brings to the table. Enjoy.

 

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Denise Dyer Coaching's curator insight, August 10, 2015 10:06 AM

The author of this article, S. Chris Edmonds, shares a few incredibly important points for leaders sharing stories. The first one is that stories help guide behavior. Tell the wrong stories and you'll be sorry.

 

On the other hand, if a leader knows the right stories to share, the bottom line increases. Gotta love that. Makes you wonder why more CEOs are paying attention this. And if you are a CEO who does -- yay!

 

I will also point out that sharing stories is not enough. Rewards and acknowledgement are critical for success. You'll see what I mean when you read the article.

 

What I also really like in this post are the 2 stories Edmonds shares to make his point. Not only are they good stories, they drive home the advice he brings to the table. Enjoy.

 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 10, 2015 8:46 PM

Good points about wandering around and engaging and listening. I ask 2 questions What's worth celebrating? What can be better?

Andrew Thorp is a leading expert in how to craft a better story about yourself and your business. I'm having a candid and convivial conversation with him on August 20th You can register from http://www.ianberry.biz/events/

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How to use stories to influence decision makers

How to use stories to influence decision makers | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Leaders are decision-makers. They have to be. As soon as they walk into the office in the morning, they’re bombarded with decisions that have to be made: ‘Can our business partner sell our product in that new market?
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post from my colleagues over at Anecdote. This one is all about influencing decision makers by exposing them to stories outside their own experiences. 


As Shawn Callahan points out, "And of the experiences that get noticed, a few are thought about and translated into a story that explains what happened. Over time, these accumulate into a repertoire of experience-based stories. It is this repertoire that guides intuitive decision-making. To influence a decision-maker, you need to change the stories their intuition relies upon."


He then goes on to give us tips for exactly how to do that. What I also love about Shawn's posts is how often then are based on solid research. At the bottom of the post you will find all the citations cited in the article. Yay! So we are talking hard science, not spouting platitudes. We need more of this kind of writing.


Thanks Shawn.


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2DiFore Marketing Solutions's curator insight, July 28, 2015 7:40 AM

Didn't you just love it when your parents, grandparents or other extended family would tell stories about "when they were young" it was so different!? Well, why don't you tell a story about other client experiences with prospective clients? Turn your successes into sales today.

Kevin Watson's curator insight, July 31, 2015 9:14 AM

What a great post from my colleagues over at Anecdote. This one is all about influencing decision makers by exposing them to stories outside their own experiences. 

 

As Shawn Callahan points out, "And of the experiences that get noticed, a few are thought about and translated into a story that explains what happened. Over time, these accumulate into a repertoire of experience-based stories. It is this repertoire that guides intuitive decision-making. To influence a decision-maker, you need to change the stories their intuition relies upon."


He then goes on to give us tips for exactly how to do that. What I also love about Shawn's posts is how often then are based on solid research. At the bottom of the post you will find all the citations cited in the article. Yay! So we are talking hard science, not spouting platitudes. We need more of this kind of writing.


Thanks Shawn.


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 1, 2015 4:03 PM

What a great post from my colleagues over at Anecdote. This one is all about influencing decision makers by exposing them to stories outside their own experiences. 


As Shawn Callahan points out, "And of the experiences that get noticed, a few are thought about and translated into a story that explains what happened. Over time, these accumulate into a repertoire of experience-based stories. It is this repertoire that guides intuitive decision-making. To influence a decision-maker, you need to change the stories their intuition relies upon."


He then goes on to give us tips for exactly how to do that. What I also love about Shawn's posts is how often then are based on solid research. At the bottom of the post you will find all the citations cited in the article. Yay! So we are talking hard science, not spouting platitudes. We need more of this kind of writing.


Thanks Shawn.


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Better Storytelling: 7 Ways to Grab Someone’s Attention

Better Storytelling: 7 Ways to Grab Someone’s Attention | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
It’s your most important currency.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a nifty post that zeros in on ways to make our storytelling better -- based on science. 


The author, Ben Parr @benparr, the author of Captivology (oooh, nice new word!) shares with us 7 things to focus on if we want to capture someone's attention. Like:

  • Automaticity
  • Rewards
  • Mystery
  • Acknowledgement


Parr explains what he means by each element. After reading the article, ask yourself questions like,

  1. "How can I bring my mystery into my stories?"
  2. "What are ways I can acknowledge people either in my stories, or with my stories?"
  3. "How can I craft my story so a reward is included?"
  4. "What phrase do I want to repeat to have stick in people's minds?"


You'll think of others, too as you read about all 7 elements. This will be fun to do. Get started right away.


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Tina Stock's curator insight, July 10, 2015 12:59 AM

From Karen Karr's review


The author, Ben Parr @benparr, the author of Captivology(oooh, nice new word!) shares with us 7 things to focus on if we want to capture someone's attention. Like:

  • Automaticity
  • Rewards
  • Mystery
  • Acknowledgement


Excellent article!

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Are You A Rookie? 5 Common Storytelling Mistakes

Are You A Rookie? 5 Common Storytelling Mistakes | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A sampling of rookie storytelling mistakes.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post! These are seldom talked about storytelling mistakes, so I was thrilled when I found this article by Nick Morgan, writing for Forbes.


Check them out and see if you are doing any of these -- like, maybe going for shock value?


See if you need to tweak your business storytelling with this list.


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How to Promote Yourself W/out Sounding Like a Jerk

How to Promote Yourself W/out Sounding Like a Jerk | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Be humble, and be real.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a quick article by Dorie Clark listing 4 how-to tips for promoting yourself without sounding arrogant, stuck up, or like you are bragging.


This is good stuff to know. Almost everyone I coach in storytelling has the fear of sharing their personal stories and sounding like a jerk or a braggart.


But if you follow these 4 tips, you won't sound like that. There is great advice here, along with a little discussion about understanding the true value of self-promotion.


Happy reading and happy telling...


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 23, 2015 9:52 AM

Excellent insights for those, like me, that struggle with self promotion. Well worth the read.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 2015 10:21 PM

It is always hard to find the balance between too modest and too full of one's self.

 

@ivon_ehd1

ASVP's curator insight, May 25, 2015 2:13 AM

Definitely worth reading

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Conveying Change Better: The Strategic Narrative How To

Conveying Change Better: The Strategic Narrative How To | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Strategic narratives are a form of storytelling, and like all good stories, they need a compelling plot, characters, a climax, and a conclusion. By telling this story, employees and other stakeholders will understand their place in the larger narrative and how they can take an active role in shaping the future of your organization.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This article, written by Chris Cancialosi, features my biz storytelling buddy Christine Cavanaugh-Simmons. She contributes the information on creating a strategy narrative, which is a solid take-away for any business who is into succeeding.


The biggest failures with strategies is first the inability to convey them, and then second, to implement them. And if you can't convey them, you can't implement. Which is why this article is so important because it focuses on how to communicate your strategy. You communicate your strategy to staff, vendors, and even customers.


Christine answers the question "What is a strategy narrative?" and gives us the structure for it. The author, Chris, gives us the 'why' and 'how'.


Go read this post now so you don't stumble once you have your strategy figured out.


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Five Essential Storytelling Keys For Business + Leadership

Five Essential Storytelling Keys For Business + Leadership | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

“Executive storytelling leadership matters today. While execs are keepers of the flame, they are not the owners of it. They must let go and empower others.”

Karen Dietz's insight:

Right on Kathy! This post is written by my colleague Kathy Klotz-Guest @kathyklotzguest and it lays out the 5 ways leadership needs to re-orient to storytelling.


I love that she shows how the relationship of leadership to storytelling has changed over the years -- and what to do today.And her advice for leaders regarding storytelling is solid. This is a must-read for anyone in business, not just executives.


Thanks Kathy for a great post!

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Beau Lotto On Perception + Storytelling: How We Experience the Meaning We Create

2015 Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker: Beau Lotto Neuroscientist & Founder, Lottolab Apply to attend: www.fost.org Beau Lotto’s research into…
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great 4.24 minute video! Here neuroscientist Beau Lotto from the UK talks about human perception, how our perception is linked to storytelling, and how we create meaning for ourselves and others.


He also talks about social media and what that means for storytelling. Lotto shares what to do next -- how to think about storytelling and what steps to take to ensure a better future.


Anyone in business can benefit from Lotto's work -- whether you are a leader, trainer, or marketer. This video is good stuff to know about, think about, and do something about.


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Insight Narrator's curator insight, October 7, 2015 5:05 AM

This video highlights the challenges we have in trying to tell stories with data and the importance of turning passive, uni dimensional information that can appear purely conceptual, into a tangible story that relates to the physical world that we experience.  That is why metaphors work so well in data storytelling - they help us relate to something that is already real in our minds.

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Be Careful With Your Case Studies: When Telling Stories Goes Wrong

Be Careful With Your Case Studies: When Telling Stories Goes Wrong | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Meet Zac. He was part of a major controversy this week with the UK Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). He is quoted in several pamphlets, talking about his experience as a job seeker.
Lianne Picot's insight:

What not to do in storytelling! The UK government went a little too far in their case studies telling people how they should behave in claiming benefits. In this case, facts ARE stronger than fiction! And I don't say that very often... ;)


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 1, 2015 12:48 PM

This goes back to "TRUST". For stories to have an impact they should be true and verifiable. This type of story can destroy a company as well as individuals. Elaboration can do the same thing when it breaks the boundary of authenticity and truth.

Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 2, 2015 6:38 AM

Beware of propaganda!

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Stories Told at Work: Their Unexpected Influence

Stories Told at Work: Their Unexpected Influence | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
New research on how ethics are contagious.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Harvard Business Review just came out with this article by Francesca Gina about how stories influence behavior at work -- and the research results organizations experienced. Yahoo!


This is solid documentation that every leader, organizational development specialist, HR director, social change advocate, and story practitioner needs to read.


Links to the research is provided. We've known anecdotally that storytelling provides these benefits, and now research is backing it up.


Enjoy this piece.


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Ted Talk on Leadership Storytelling Basics

Ted Talk on Leadership Storytelling Basics | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
My talk on leadership storytelling at the TEDx conference in Utrecht.
Lianne Picot's insight:

Inspiring talk from Steve Denning! How Al Gore went from Mr. Boring to Mr. Excitement. HINT: Storytelling is the key!


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Technology Is Making Social Skills [i.e Storytelling] More Critical

Technology Is Making Social Skills [i.e Storytelling] More Critical | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Technical skills are easier to automate.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's some handy new research reported in Harvard Business Review that points out how important social skills are to your personal bottom line. And storytelling skills are front and center because it's your highest leverage point in building relationships, rapport, trust, credibility, believability, and meaningful interactions. 


Storytelling builds skills in deep listening, improvisation, design, focus, empathy, influence, impact, and the like. It's a gateway to creativity, innovation, and flow states that generate higher productivity and greater well-being.


What I like about the report is that the research documents how much social skills will affect your ability to generate more income. This income generation is not about transactional storytelling (tell me a story and I'll buy your product), but about relational storytelling (sharing stories for connection and the ability to get work done through people).


I'm chalking this research up to another example of storytelling ROI. This is a good read which I'm sure you'll enjoy. Now get working on your storytelling skills!


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farah jadhavji's curator insight, September 1, 2015 1:44 AM

Yet another reason why technology is a problem but of course we can't even imagine life without it. I too believe that social skills are becoming way more important than they used to be. I just started my first retail job and it completely changed the way I talked to people for the better. Now I have more job opportunities!

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Digital Storytelling: The Truth About What it is... And... What it is NOT

Digital Storytelling: The Truth About What it is... And... What it is NOT | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
I was lucky to have shared my childhood bedroom for a few years with my grandmother, when she had come to live with us after an illness. At bedtime, she would tell me stories of her parents and thr...
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a fabulous post that sets the record straight on digital storytelling!


All too often digital storytelling gets caught up in the technology and channels first, rather than on the quality of the story itself.  This post is a terrific reminder of what to really pay attention to when creating a digital story.


Want your story to go viral? Then this is how to do it. I also love that this post by Silvia Tolisano is chock full of solid examples to back up the points being made. Woo hoo! And isn't the opening infographic great?


Dig in here. If you follow these tips, I foresee amazing digital stories emerging from you all!


Many thanks to Twitter follower @Os Ishmael for directing me to this article.


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Biz Storytelling Savvy: Tale of A Shoe Salesman and Marketing Visionary

Biz Storytelling Savvy: Tale of A Shoe Salesman and Marketing Visionary | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
It started out like any other day in the fall of 1979. In the morning, I would attend classes where I was finishing up my degree in marketing. And in the afternoon, to pay for those classes, I would go to work selling ladies’ shoes at a nearby shoe store with the artless name, Shoeland.   Anyway, little did I know, that on that day, at a job I absolutely hated, that the store manager, Joey Kaswalchezck, (aka Joey K or Joey "buy a vowel") -  a guy who dropped out of high school because "it didn't pay very well" would tell me something tha
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great story! And it contains timeless wisdom for any business or story professional that goes beyond sales. What's the bottom line for business storytelling? The answer is the key message of provided here. This post is written by my biz story branding colleague Jim Signorelli. It's a quick read so don't hesitate to dig in.


Read it. Keep it. Share the story and where you got it from. You'll be glad you did.


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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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Women Leadership Summit 2015

Women Leadership Summit 2015 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Karen Dietz's insight:

I had a fabulous opportunity, and time, speaking at the Women's Leadership online Summit on Tuesday and you can still listen to the recording. Trish Sadar interviewed me for 30 minutes on essential story skills leaders must have in order to nail their communications.


In fact, you can still participate in the entire summit -- for free!. Here's the info:


Want more advice on how to accelerate your leadership success?

 

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How a Brussel Sprouts Story Created a Big Change in a Company

How a Brussel Sprouts Story Created a Big Change in a Company | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
In a digitally competitive environment, the pressure is on marketing and business leaders to find innovative ways to persuade, engage and influence their audience.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This piece is long, but easy to read and chock full of insights about leadership, storytelling, and change.


Like -- don't use a sledgehammer approach. The soft power of storytelling. How a story about brussel sprouts creating a big change in a team.


It's a great read. Enjoy!

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Using Metaphor Maps To Move Groups Forward -- Storytelling Process

Using Metaphor Maps To Move Groups Forward -- Storytelling Process | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Using Art to Create A Safe Place for Dangerous Truths When you walk into a room and see people leaning back with crossed arms, responding to words like “teamwork” with rolling eyes and cynical smiles, or worse, staring into space with blank faces...
Karen Dietz's insight:

When working with groups, sometimes getting people to open up to really get to the stories driving them can be tough. Because what you are going for is not the "Tell me about the time your team's most successful project..." or "Tell me about the time your team made a big mistake..."


Nope -- those won't do. What you are going for is the underbelly, the stories that are building walls, divisions, mistrust, turf wars, and the like. Sometimes to move groups forward, you've got to dig into the guts and bring some light to the situation.


But you also don't want to get stuck in unleashing a horde of "Ain't it awful" stories full of blame and victimization.


So what do you do? As biz story colleague Annette Simmons so eloquently shows us, you need to break down barriers and have people reframe what's going on. They way to do that is using art and metaphor maps.


Simmons shares with us a handy process that gets this work done. Metaphors are building blocks of stories. If you need to change the stories of a group, start with metaphors maps.


Thanks Annette! There's timeless wisdom here combined with good story work technique.


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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15 Insanely Actionable Storytelling Tips For Biz Presentations

15 Insanely Actionable Storytelling Tips For Biz Presentations | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Great corporate storytellers do two things very well: First (obviously), they tell stories. Second, through their stories, they get people to take action. You might be thinking, "That's great if yo...

Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), Ariana Amorim
Karen Dietz's insight:

I like this piece! At first I was thinking, "Oh no, here's another headline designed to jerk my chain!" I think it's the word "insanely" that made me skeptical. But I check it out anyway, and am glad I did.


Why? Because it has some very refreshing things to say about structuring a storied presentation that will bring on the Wow! factor. And there are some great points about delivery, also.


There's a lot to gain from this post that contains material I usually don't see when authors write about storytelling and presentation.


Follow these tips here and I think you will win big next time you speak to a group.


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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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, April 27, 2015 1:12 AM

I like how each tip is laid out with steps, examples, and how it will improve your story. 


You can also download the article as a pdf (link is in article)

Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, April 29, 2015 1:53 PM

Awesome!!

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