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Stories: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stories: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. | Just Story It | Scoop.it

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember his legacy as told by StoryCorps participants.

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I received this email today from Story Corp with these short (1.5 - 3 minutes) powerful stories, reminding us of the principles of freedom, equality, fairness, and community.

 

"On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember his legacy as told by StoryCorps participants.

 

Dion DiamondSimeon and Lawrence Cumberbatch, and Bessie and Taylor Rogers share their personal experiences with and inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Click on each name above (linked) to listen.

 

Recording and sharing stories like these is what StoryCorps does best. Thank you for listening.

Warmly,
Your Friends at StoryCorps"

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20 Worst Pieces of Advice on Influence Skills -- Ever 

20 Worst Pieces of Advice on Influence Skills -- Ever  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Here's a list/rant about all the crappy advice I've heard from "presentation gurus" over th
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Truly, these are the worst pieces of advice ever given on presentation and influence skills.

Read this list and if you are doing any of them, stop.

 

And remember, if you are authentically sharing your stories, most of these 20 become worthless really fast.

 

Thank you, Dave Mac, for writing such a great piece. Hear me clapping, and laughing.

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I agree that most of these should be abandoned but they are more for speakers than influence busting in business.

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8 Big Fat Lies About Presentations & Being Influential: Believe At Your Own Peril

8 Big Fat Lies About Presentations & Being Influential: Believe At Your Own Peril | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Here are 8 lies about presentation skills which you are best ignored. Follow these pieces of advice at your own peril. Ignore the advice and deliver a better
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

These 8 lies are spot on! I deal with these with every client and every MBA student. These habits/beliefs/attitudes are hard to shake because we keep thinking that doing these myths makes us credible.

 

But as a business storyteller, I'm here to tell you -- they don't, particularly the higher you go up the corporate food chain.

 

Of course, there are times when a PPT is important. Yet it's usually not. What is more important is that you have a clear message and deliver your material using narrative structure, and share stories within your presentation.

 

Letting these lies go means you will have maximum influence -- always a good thing, especially for leaders. You will show up more authentically, and with more presence.

 

Practice letting one lie go at a time. No need to send yourself into shock trying to do them all at once. Besides, doing so doesn't build good habits, it just makes life complicated, you'll likely fail, and not know which lie you are making progress on.

 

Go check out the lies. Which one are you willing to let go of first?

 

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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Want an Influential Presentation? A Checklist

Want an Influential Presentation? A Checklist | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Ask yourself these questions.
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Original link: https://hbr.org/2016/10/a-checklist-for-more-persuasive-presentations?_scpsug=bookmarked_595085#_scpsug=bookmarked_595085

 

Well.... I like this post and then I don't.

What do I like? I like the simple way the author lays out the structure of an effective presentation.

 

What don't I like? One of the 6 steps is "include a story." But if you look at all the steps, the ENTIRE presentation becomes a story -- which is way better. The author completely missed this.

 

This points to 2 things to remember when putting together a presentation that influences others:

  1. Structure your entire presentation as a story using these steps
  2. Include at least 1 quick story about a client & their results (or a product/service story) somewhere in your narrative presentation.

 

In other words, do both!

 

Oh, and BTW -- I don't like the word "persuasion' in general. That's because persuasion is often about manipulation ("eat your broccoli and you can have dessert"). Influence is about shifting mindsets by offering experiences. Stories are experiences :) 

 

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

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Finding Common Ground From The World Of Storytelling

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"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."

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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 Is The Path for Learning Leaders Winning Friends + Influencing People

Storytelling Is The Path for Learning Leaders Winning Friends + Influencing People | Just Story It | 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.”

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

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“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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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 | Scoop.it
Giving a powerful presentation is both an art and a science. Here's a look at the science.
Dr. 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.

 

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Fab Storytelling + How to Master Public Speaking

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An analysis of the public speaking techniques used by some of the world's best speakers, from Barack Obama to Stephen Colbert.
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I love this post! We can all learn from great public speakers and I appreciate the lessons articulated here. This is an article rich in content and ideas.

 

Dig into the videos of these 6 folks to understand why they are so effective. Then pick and choose what you want to add to your personal presentation style. I bet you'll be glad you did.

 

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Personal Storytelling: The Best Cover Letter of All Time

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Since an excellent resume usually is only a page long, it needs a convincing companion. That's your cover letter — a short half-page story. Discover the way to write it.

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There are plenty of times we need to write a cover letter -- as a way of introducing ourselves, as a way of marketing our business, as a way of getting a job interview. 

 

Here's a great post on how to write a cover letter that opens doors.It's another way to share your story.

 

There are terrific guidelines in the article, and a structure that's share. Follow the advice given here and you are sure to stand out from the crowd.

 

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Which of these 6 presentation styles are you?

Which of these 6 presentation styles are you? | Just Story It | Scoop.it
A review of the different schemes for categorizing types of presenters, with a description of each and a short quiz to find out which one best fits you.
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What a hoot of an article! Which type of presentation style do you favor?

 

What I really like about this post is that the author goes through all the different styles others have come up with, and then offers her conclusions. It's a well-written piece and will definitely help you figure out where you are, and where you want to be. 

 

In truth I think that many of us are blends of 2 or more types, depending on the situation. At least that's what I think is optimal. That way we have greater facility and agency when we present to different audiences. And that's what it's really about, right?

 

Have fun playing with this article.

 

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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Data Storytelling: When Beautiful Metrics Can't Beat Words

Data Storytelling: When Beautiful Metrics Can't Beat Words | Just Story It | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by Sergio Maldonado, founder and CEO of Sweetspot Intelligence. Family storytelling die-hards may have heard of Bill Gordh, an award-winning, banjo-playing storyteller that has performed with the New York Philharmonic as well as at the White House Easter Egg Roll. He has also traveled extensively around the world. I …
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Data storytelling is a hot topic and there's lots to learn about it to be effective in business today. This is a very meaty and well-worth reading post on the critical connection between storytelling and data and creating insights/meaning.

 

I love how thorough the author is, asking questions like: "Are we really using storytelling techniques in our regular exchange of data-driven insights? Can data visualization amount to storytelling, in itself? What are the missing pieces, if not?"

 

The author, SCOTT BRINKER, then goes on to dig into relevant research to answer these questions. He gives us the rationale for his conclusions ("...data visualizations cannot amount to storytelling") , bringing us all the way down to Integrated Insight Management.

 

It's a fascinating and well put together read. There's also a free download to grab at the end of the article. Enjoy learning lots from this piece.

 

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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Data storytelling is a hot topic and there's lots to learn about it to be effective in business today. This is a very meaty and well-worth reading post on the critical connection between storytelling and data and creating insights/meaning.

 

I love how thorough the author is, asking questions like: "Are we really using storytelling techniques in our regular exchange of data-driven insights? Can data visualization amount to storytelling, in itself? What are the missing pieces, if not?"

 

The author, SCOTT BRINKER, then goes on to dig into relevant research to answer these questions. He gives us the rationale for his conclusions ("...data visualizations cannot amount to storytelling") , bringing us all the way down to Integrated Insight Management.

 

It's a fascinating and well put together read. There's also a free download to grab at the end of the article. Enjoy learning lots from this piece.

 

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Leader Storytelling: The Pivotal Stories You Should Be Able to Tell

Leader Storytelling: The Pivotal Stories You Should Be Able to Tell | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Since starting his career as a U.S. Marine, Don Faul has led operations at Facebook, Pinterest and now Athos. Here are the stories he tells to rally big teams to do their best work.
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This article is long -- but both good. The author interviews Facebook VP of Online Operations, Dan Faul where Faul expresses his conviction about the necessity  of great storytelling for leaders.

 

Not only does this article talk about what makes a great story, but it actually discusses 3 pivotal stories every leader needs to tell -- including a personal failure story.

 

Faul makes lots of great points, and shares both the why and the how storytelling has made such a huge difference for him. Right on!

 

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Telling Personal Stories, Moving Hearts And Minds: 3 Keys To Success

Telling Personal Stories, Moving Hearts And Minds: 3 Keys To Success | Just Story It | Scoop.it
There is a difference between a story, a good story and a transformative one that changes hearts and minds.
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Here's a solid article by Carmine Gallo about the 3 elementary ingredients a personal story needs to inspire others, and hopefully move them to action.

 

Gallo has a good discussion of all 3 elements, and explains them in a video that's part of the post. When you are crafting your personal stories, this is a good place to start.

 

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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another great example of the rule of 3 in sharing stories
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How To Master the Art of Influence 

How To Master the Art of Influence  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
As a product leader at Google and Reddit, Tyler Odean uses persuasion as a tool in his everyday job. Here's what he's learned through experience and research about being influential at work.

Via Daniel Watson, Dr. Karen Dietz
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Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

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According to Odean, success depends on whether you are able to persuade people to join you in your cause to create new and revolutionary things. I feel that this is true. Someone might have an extremely innovative idea, but no words to express himself. People would most likely scratch their heads in confusion by what this person says. However, another person may have a dumb idea, but package the idea so nicely that others think the idea is amazing. Although persuasion is such an important skill, schools do not educate students on how to be persuasive concisely. Instead, schools teach students to use windy evidences to strengthen their point. Using lengthy evidences will just confuse others and make them question you more. I feel that schools should also give some insights on how to have better speaking skills in order to persuade people easily. Such knowledge proves to be more useful for students when they grow up.
Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 19, 1:26 PM

Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

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Understanding how the brain processes information to make decisions may influence the way you present information about your business.
 
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Want Impact? People Like People Who Ask Questions

Want Impact? People Like People Who Ask Questions | Just Story It | Scoop.it
A new study says people who ask more questions, particularly follow-up questions, are liked better by their conversation partners.
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What a great short post or 3.5 minute audio file to listen to!

It shares some of the latest research out of Harvard about the value of asking questions in conversation. In other words, if you are curious about someone and want to connect, ask them questions. It leads to more meaningful follow up conversations.

 

Great to know for leaders expanding executive presence, building trust, deepening relationships, being more influential, and acquiring better information before making a decision.

 

One sided conversations are discussed (avoid those!), and what happened when people responded to the question, "Will asking questions make you more likeable?" The answer is surprising.

 

In my communication and influence work, I call this mastering the Art Of The Question. All questions are not created equal. Information questions are OK, but are best used for warming up the conversation. Abandon them quickly to ask deeper, more meaningful reflective questions like (these are just a few):

  • What did that experience mean to you?
  • What did you like about that experience?
  • What did you learn from that?

 

In workshops I demonstrate the power of these reflective questions over information questions for connection and better decision making. Works like a charm every time.

 

Try asking questions next time you are in a conversation or meet someone new. You'll be glad you did.

 

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 4, 2017 2:13 PM

What a great short post or 3.5 minute audio file to listen to!

It shares some of the latest research out of Harvard about the value of asking questions in conversation. In other words, if you are curious about someone and want to connect, ask them questions. It leads to more meaningful follow up conversations.

 

Great to know for leaders expanding executive presence, building trust, deepening relationships, being more influential, and acquiring better information before making a decision.

 

One sided conversations are discussed (avoid those!), and what happened when people responded to the question, "Will asking questions make you more likeable?" The answer is surprising.

 

In my communication and influence work, I call this mastering the Art Of The Question. All questions are not created equal. Information questions are OK, but are best used for warming up the conversation. Abandon them quickly to ask deeper, more meaningful reflective questions like (these are just a few):

  • What did that experience mean to you?
  • What did you like about that experience?
  • What did you learn from that?

 

In workshops I demonstrate the power of these reflective questions over information questions for connection and better decision making. Works like a charm every time.

 

Try asking questions next time you are in a conversation or meet someone new. You'll be glad you did.

 

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Dr. Madelyn Blair's curator insight, December 4, 2017 3:59 PM
There are so many reasons why asking questions are important in your life. Here is another great reason
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Ci piacciono le persone che ci fanno domande ma spesso non ci ricordiamo di restituire il favore. Ed  è un'abilità che è utile imparare, le domande sono  una dichiarazione di interesse a sapere di più e un  implicita dichiarazione di stima perche  si vuole sapere cosa ne pensano le altre persone.
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One Solution for 5 Areas In The Big Data Divide

One Solution for 5 Areas In The Big Data Divide | Just Story It | Scoop.it
...For Moving The Needle Forward in All 5 Areas of The Data Gap Below is the infographic on the common areas CIOs say is hindering them from gaining bigger results from big data. Yet there is a single skillset common to all five of these critical areas for technology leaders. That skill set is narra
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In this post you can download the infographic about the data divide, and what CIOs say is in the gap preventing actionable insights from happening. These are:

  1. Lack of analytics skills
  2. The talent wars
  3. Trouble building high performing teams/culture
  4. Poor communication
  5. Weaker influence skills

 

I offer one solution that can move the needle forward in all give areas, along with additional action steps.

 

Download the infographic and read the post for ideas/action steps.

 

I trust you'll find these helpful.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 10, 2017 6:57 PM

In this post you can download the infographic about the data divide, and what CIOs say is in the gap preventing actionable insights from happening. These are:

  1. Lack of analytics skills
  2. The talent wars
  3. Trouble building high performing teams/culture
  4. Poor communication
  5. Weaker influence skills

 

I offer one solution that can move the needle forward in all give areas, along with additional action steps.

 

Download the infographic and read the post for ideas/action steps.

 

I trust you'll find these helpful.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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LUCK: The Science of Transformational Leadership with Storytelling

LUCK: The Science of Transformational Leadership with Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Some leaders make change look easy. While most strive to drive change through persuasion, they stoke our imaginations and inspire us to embrace daring new visions. How do they do it? Is there a secret formula or are they just lucky? The simple answer is yes. But their luck isn’t random. They create it from the inside out using a step-by-step process that anyone can learn. This article is the first installment of an ongoing series in which John Marshall Roberts will share this “secret formula” for becoming a transitional leader.
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Original link: 

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/stakeholder_trends_insights/john_marshall_roberts/luck_science_transformational_leade

 

What does storytelling have to do with leadership -- especially transformational leadership? Well, here's the answer.

 

And storytelling skills are at the core of transformation. If you want to make a difference in the world -- no matter how large or small -- mastering storytelling is essential.

 

All 4 steps of the LUCK model are storytelling or story listening skills. To be successful, you've got to have both.

 

Enjoy this read and upping your game to make your world a better place.

 

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

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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.

 

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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 | Scoop.it
They should start by understanding their own behavior.
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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.

 

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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 | Scoop.it
A powerful, emotion-drenched story is at the heart of every con job.
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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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Nail Your Story! Effective Public Speaking Tips for Introverts

Nail Your Story! Effective Public Speaking Tips for Introverts | Just Story It | Scoop.it
A list of expert tips for overcoming presentation fears and maximizing your strengths as an introvert when giving a presentation or speaking in public.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Presentations are challenging, and for Introverts, especially so. Here's a terrific article just for Introverts about the steps to take to deliver a winning presentation -- especially when you are nervous.

 

Many of these tips apply to anyone. So all you Extraverts out there -- read this post too!

 

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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Lisa Evans 's curator insight, November 6, 2016 7:23 AM
As a fellow introvert and a professional speaker I found this interesting and I could relate to much of it, particularly when I was new on my public speaking journey. However, I disagree with the point Hannah makes about the energy the speaker picks up from the audience. She says " Extrovert presenters get their energy from their audience – remember they thrive on that kind of stimulation – but that’s really overwhelming for an introvert".  

Regardless of your style introvert or extravert, to be an effective speaker you must be in tune with your audience. That includes reading theri cues, watching their body language and using their energy as instant feedback.  I have never found this to be overwhelming but all part of being in the audience-centred zone that is required of me to make a meanigful connection.  


 
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Storytelling and the Brain: An awesome chat with neuroscientist Paul Zak

Storytelling and the Brain: An awesome chat with neuroscientist Paul Zak | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Paul has developed a ZEST score, the Zak Engagement STatistic, which can
highly predict the action a viewer will take after watching a piece of
content. More than whether somebody enjoys a film, or it makes them feel
good, his ZEST score actually predicts action–will they sign-up for an
email list, make a donation, or buy a product?
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's some of the latest on the neuroscience of storytelling with neuroscientist Paul Zak.

 

During the interview Zak talks about why our favorite stories aren't necessarily the ones that inspire us to act, that we seek connection above all else, and he shares what kind of story arcs people do go after (not every story arc is compelling).

 

Enjoy this romp through storytelling with Zak.

 

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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The 6 C's of Storytelling Success To Tell a Story Worth Repeating

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The power of storytelling is all around us and has never been more popular or more important. Storytelling is part of all aspects of our lives, whether it’s a story we
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here is a very quick article listing the 6 C's needed for storytelling success. I like this post because it's not a laundry list of elements to include a story. Instead it's about the 6 C's of story practice -- like Commitment. Or Clarity.

 

Sure, you need to know how to craft a story. But underneath the crafting, these principles are at work. Combined with a well-crafted story, you will experience greater success.

 

Written from a marketing perspective, these principles are the same for leadership and influence.

 

So grab this list, take action on these practices, and story on!

 

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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Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea

Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Once you've finally come up with that brilliant idea, here's a way to get people excited about it.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a fab post about how to formulate your story when you are getting to pitch your idea. But don't get stuck on the word 'pitch'. Think any presentation where you want to influence people:

  1. Selling your project across the organization
  2. Project reports when a decision or action is a desired outcome
  3. Sales presentations to alliances or prospects
  4. Anytime you need to raise funds or gain resources

 

What I really like about this article is that it's not a formula per se, but a way to think about your presentation and get your thoughts organized. That's the hard part, really.

 

Once you get these 5 points down, it will be easy to put together your presentation. Story on!

 

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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Storytellers share how to #pitch your #idea to get people excited.

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StoryTelling insights to 'wow' your public.

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How To Build Relationships Beyond What You Think: My Aha From Real Storytelling

How To Build Relationships Beyond What You Think: My Aha From Real Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
What could a grandmother– granddaughter bond, an office Christmas party and an interaction with a barista have in common that can create ahas? If that intrigues you, you may enjoy the read.  For those
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Yesterday I ran across this post from my colleague Karthik Rajan and what he shares is spot on!

 

Karthik writes about a dynamic of storytelling that often goes unrecognized: leveraging story sharing for maximum connection, relationship building, engagement, loyalty, etc.

 

In business storytelling we often stop at simply sharing a story with another person. Karthik demonstrates how to use the power of sharing a story with the next most powerful person in the influence chain, and what can happen.

 

Knowing this secret is how strong cultures are built and org change happens. Read this article so you too can be smarter and wiser in your business storytelling, 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. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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