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CEO of SAP recruits a Chief Storyteller- Why?

When the world’s largest business software company hires a Chief Storyteller, its news, because it’s a first for the industry.

Via Karen Dietz
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What a cool idea!

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:16 AM

Wow thats a great step forwards for the trade 

Albert Green's comment, September 19, 2013 3:29 AM
The headline misleaded me a bit. Until now I thought this was the first Chief Storyteller title in history. And from what I've read, she's been working for SPA for 18 months already, so it's about time to hear more about her achievements. Great content, nevertheless, thanks again.
Karen Dietz's comment, September 19, 2013 10:15 AM
Hi Albert -- yes there are a few other Chief Storytellers around. But it is still rare. And I really like your point -- we do want to know more! Seems SAP needs to continue to share this story :)
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The Vital Role of Scenarios in Learning

The Vital Role of Scenarios in Learning | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
In the world of website development, they say content is king. In the world of training/education, you can provide truckloads of content, but it's really context that rules.

Why Include Scenarios?

 

I like this article! Hey -- in business we are constantly having to educate people about our product or service. So here's an idea for you -- use scenarios in your presentations to get everyone involved in on-the-spot learning. Providing someone an experience of your company, product, service builds instant connection, rapport, and transfers knowledge.

 

The author has a terrific diagram in the article about creating scenarios along with lots of great links.

 

Now if you are a trainer, scenarios are not new to you, but I bet you will find the info and links shared here a valuable resource!

 

Thanks @IdeaLearningGroup for sending me this link :)

 

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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How to turn every sales person into a top story-teller

How to turn every sales person into a top story-teller | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Top Sellers are Great Storytellers: A simple framework for harnessing the power of anecdotesWhat sets top sales people apart?

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 24, 2013 6:54 PM

Here is a niftly article that not only talks about the importance of storytelling in sales to boost the bottom line, but also includes a formula, and a free downloadable template.


Yeah!


The formula is pretty good. The only issue I have with it is that it still positions the company -- not the customer -- as the hero. We know that for max effectiveness, we want to make the customer the hero.


It is a subtle but important change -- because if the customer is the hero, your prospect will see themselves as the next potential hero. And your next customer. That is a good thing.


So how would you shift the formula given? In section 3, instead of saying "Working with their [key sponsor’s role], we helped them implement [brief description of our key capabilities] that allowed them to [brief description of benefits]" try this:


"Working with their [key sponsor’s role], our client was able to use our [brief description of our key capabilities]. As a result [share what THEY were able to accomplish] that allowed them to [brief description of benefits]."


That is only one suggestion. How else would you rewrite the formula to make the customer the hero of the story?


There are other good insights here and don't forget to download the free template!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Edna Campos's curator insight, February 1, 2013 4:27 PM

Muy buen articulo..

Trumans's curator insight, February 10, 2013 5:49 PM

The human psyche is tuned in to story telling - that's why books, songs, movies and TV are so popular - everyone loves a story. The best thing you can do in business is to know your story and then share it in a continuously enthralling way.... a la Coca Cola...