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7 Cool Resumes We Found On Pinterest -- New App for Visual Storytelling

7 Cool Resumes We Found On Pinterest -- New App for Visual Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
It's the newest job search tool. The visual nature of Pinterest, which allows users to create virtual boards onto which they can pin images, is perfect for showing prospective employers what you've done so far.


What a cool post! I don't know how pervasive visual storied resumes will become, but if you are in certain creative and technical fields, this could be right up your alley. Or if you want to stand out in any crowd of job applicants!


These are very creative examples of how job seekers are storifying and visualizing their resumes. You can do this too! 


For non-job seekers: think about turning your 'resume' into a visual story that you can use on your "About Us" page, or add it into your printed promo material. It could really make you stand out and be fun to boot!


Are these technically stories? Eh -- maybe yes, maybe no. But at the very least they are using storytelling elements.


Enjoy looking at these and I hope you get lots of great ideas for your resume/bio.

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About The Just Story It (TM) Curation

About The Just Story It (TM) Curation | Just Story It | 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 

Dr. 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 work with stories in leadership, org culture, key business functions, and the like. 

 

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.

 

 

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 at linkedin.com/in/karendietz 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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The Power of Narratives: Why We Need More Than Facts to Change

The Power of Narratives: Why We Need More Than Facts to Change | Just Story It | Scoop.it
''You cannot take away someone's story without giving them a new one.''
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Why are skills in narrative practices and storytelling so critical for today's technology leaders?

 

Well, this post lays it out in straight -- sharing some important cognitive reasons why storytelling works. Like: "Stories are the means by which we navigate the world. They allow us to interpret its complex and contradictory signals."

 

OR -- "People may hold information in the form of data and figures, but their beliefs about it are held entirely in the form of stories."

 

AND -- when change occurs only when we replace the older story with another. 

 

Now, this post was written with politics in mind. But the truths remain the same. Simply substitute "technology" any time you see the word "politics".

 

Oh, and it might bring some clarity to today's political stories, too.

 

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

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Creative and inspiring directing and forth leading
Philippe Coll's curator insight, November 17, 11:10 AM
Le pouvoir de la fiction. Cela peut être terrifiant.
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Customer Journeys & Big Data Insights Improve the Bottom Line

Customer Journeys & Big Data Insights Improve the Bottom Line | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Is big data enough? Aggregate numbers can tell you a lot, but they say very little about how individual customers are thinking and talking about…
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a post connecting the dots between business storytelling, data insights, and customer journeys.

 

The author is colleague and customer experience expert Sean Van Tyne. He's makes great points about how to think of these 3 topic systemically.

 

We are facilitating a 3-hour free workshop on Nov. 30 here in San Diego that will dig more deeply into leveraging narrative for generating actionable insights from data that bring business value,  and how data and stories inform customer journeys.

 

The outcome? Influence, impact, and income.

 

Send me a note if you want an invite.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 13, 6:32 PM

Once you've got data, actionable insights from data, and have got a solution in mind to add business value to the organization, next comes customer journey maps.

 

Creating your customer journey map is essential to understand if their story and your product/service connect, and if you can deliver on your promise.

 

In this post colleague Sean Van Tyne, an expert in journey mapping, shares the interplay between data analytics and customer journey mapping. So cool.

 

At the end of the post he mentions the free 3-hour workshop we've got coming up on 11/30 in San Diego:  Solving the Data Gap: Your Roadmap from Data Insights to Real Results 

 

Enjoy the post and let me know if you want more info on the workshop.

 

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

Richard Platt's curator insight, November 15, 4:18 AM

McKinsey analysis finds that companies acting on journey insights have seen a 15-20% reduction in repeat service visits, a 10-20% boost in cross-selling, and a drop of 10-25 basis points in churn.

Companies may feel they need to study all the bits and bytes available to them. But research shows that three to five journeys matter most to customers and the bottom line. They generally include: some combination of sales and on-boarding; one or two key servicing issues; (1) moving and account renewal, and (2) fraud, billing, and payments. Narrowing the focus to those journeys allows companies to cut through the data clutter and prioritize.

For instance, a cable television player used advanced data analysis of multichannel customer behaviors to focus on where drop-offs in the journey occurred in two journeys—on-boarding and problem resolution—to address nagging customer retention and loyalty issues. The data team helped them identify key service troubles spots and ways to improve the on-boarding process. Those insights led to several policy changes, including creating a “learning lab” that effectively operated as a mini-company to trial and refine new approaches. The changes improved customer satisfaction scores by more than 20%.

Fanderl also shares that you shouldn’t wait for the data to be perfect. Companies often hesitate to take action for fear their data is missing or a mess. Successful organizations tend not to overthink all the details and instead just roll up sleeves and get to work. Most companies, in fact, already have the data they need. The challenge is pulling the data together. Companies need to figure out where that data is stored, and what it takes to extract and aggregate it so they can understand the customer journey across multiple touch points. Since data often lives in systems managed by various functions, bring the necessary operations, IT, in-store sales, and marketing people together to identify the touchpoints.

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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
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

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, 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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Preparing For The Future Of Storytelling: Vimeo Video

Preparing For The Future Of Storytelling: Vimeo Video | Just Story It | Scoop.it
At The Fast Company Innovation Festival, a Vimeo workshop gave an intriguing glimpse of a future in which we’ll all be creating video.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a post that makes some good points -- and shares some faulty assumptions.

 

Let me point out at the start that there's a difference between storytelling tools and storytelling content, as many of you know.

 

So this article falls into the tools category. I actually wrote in my notes, that it's more about gadgets. And remember -- Vimeo is a business that wants to sell you tech tools/gadgets. So keep this in mind.

 

In this post Vimeo is presenting at a conference and broke a group up into 4 groups to brainstorm the future of storytelling. I like the idea of using technology for more co-created stories.

 

The idea about generating more empathy doesn't need a tool -- you just need to tell and listen to lots of stories. The greatest leverage point for building empathy is face-to-face storytelling. digital is effective, it's just a one-removed experience. And it's definitely not a co-created in real time experience that in-person storytelling brings.

 

So the bottom line is -- keep up with the development in tools with companies like Vimeo, but don't drink all of the Kool Aid they promote :)

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The future of storytelling: AI Writes Surprisingly Scary Horror Stories

The future of storytelling: AI Writes Surprisingly Scary Horror Stories | Just Story It | Scoop.it
It was trained on the spookiest stories on the web, but human collaborators make its stories truly terrifying.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Artificial Intelligence is coming to storytelling -- fast! Here's another example of how AI is doing foundational work in putting stories together, and succeeding.

 

Get ready to be outsourced -- maybe.

 

So will AI replace human storytellers? Hmmmm. As this article points out, great stories are created in collaboration between AI and humans.

 

As the author points out, “Creating a visceral emotion such as fear remains one of the cornerstones of human creativity,” says Cebrian in an email. “This challenge is especially important in a time where we wonder what the limits of artificial intelligence are: Can machines learn to scare us?”

 

But read more to see how effective AI is becoming at storytelling.

 

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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5 Signs to Watch To Know If You Are Connecting With Your Audience

5 Signs to Watch To Know If You Are Connecting With Your Audience | Just Story It | Scoop.it
If you want to lead effectively, you need to make sure people actively listen.
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Direct link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/301188

 

Reading an audience isn't easy, and sometimes it's hard to figure out in the middle of a presentation if you are connecting with listeners.

 

So here are 5 signs to watch for. Pay attention to these to develop greater sensitivity to audience cues.

 

From there, keep working on your in-the-moment storytelling skills so you can adjust your story in real time to connect better with your listeners.

 

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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Brand Story: What Consumers Want Isn’t What You Think

Brand Story: What Consumers Want Isn’t What You Think | Just Story It | Scoop.it
We asked more than 5,000 people to tell us about the brands they sought out, then we analyzed what those brands did. The results were surprisingly consistent.
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Link: 

 

https://www.fastcodesign.com/90127471/we-studied-brands-around-the-world-what-consumers-want-isnt-what-you-think

 

I love this post! The author shares solid research about why most branding fails and what customers really want when they do engage with a company.

 

Bottom line: successful engagement (B2C + B2B) with customers is all because you are sharing multidimensional content through lots of different stories.

 

Way too often businesses share multiple stories hammering home 1 idea or emotion like: happiness (Coke), safety (Volvo), speed (Jaguar).

 

Read the article for more details and the 4 emotions customer like the most.

 

Bottom line: forget share of mind -- it's all about share of emotion these days.

 

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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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.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

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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Story Or An Anecdote -- Which Are You Telling?

Story Or An Anecdote -- Which Are You Telling? | Just Story It | Scoop.it
No, it’s not just you. You’re not just imagining that half the blogs and books you’ve read in the last few years have urged you to learn to tell a grea
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Original link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/are-you-telling-a-story-or-an-anecdote_us_59281fc4e4b065b396c06c14

 

OK -- are anecdotes stories and why should we care?

 

Not everyone agrees that anecdotes are stories. So I've found 2 articles for you about this. Here's the first one. I'll curate the second one tomorrow.

 

This post distinguishes between the 2 in a way that makes sense. Even better, it shows when you'd want to share an anecdote, and when you're better off sharing a story.

 

Keep both in your hip pocket for career success. Story on!

 

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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Story Wisdom From Calvin & Hobbs

Story Wisdom From Calvin & Hobbs | Just Story It | Scoop.it

Too true, too often!

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LOL -- I just couldn't resist sharing this with you. Enjoy the chuckle!

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Just For You: 11 Personal ROI's From Mastering Storytelling

Just For You: 11 Personal ROI's From Mastering Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
It's been a wild ride coaching and training leaders in business
storytelling. Over the years, here are the 11 amazing ROIs I've received as
a business storyteller. You will receive these same gives as you too,
master business storytelling.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Of course, there are hard and soft ROIs your business will experience with business storytelling.

 

But hardly anyone talks about the ROIs you will personally gain from mastering business storytelling. So I spent some time putting this blog post together, talking just about these benefits.

 

Dig in here and see what is possible for you. You may be surprised!

 

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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Want Results? The ROIs of Business Storytelling

Want Results? The ROIs of Business Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
What are the ROIs for business storytelling? Dig into this article for
examples of both hard and soft ROIs, and the difference storytelling makes
in leadership, performance, and business growth.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

How do you start getting your head wrapped around the ROIs for business storytelling?

 

In this blog post I go over the 3 levels, 18 types, and 5 impacts of business storytelling ROIs. 

 

This will definitely help you get started, and bring some clarity to figuring out the ROIs for your particular business.

 

Story on!

 

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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Narrative Practices & Google's Team-Effectiveness Research -- Rethinking How You Build Teams

Narrative Practices & Google's Team-Effectiveness Research -- Rethinking How You Build Teams | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Hopefully you've seen this by now. But if not, this blog post clearly spells out the essential ingredients needed for building high performing teams.

 

What the article lacks are methods to make any of these 5 ingredients happen. There are good tools and methods out there.

What most neglect to tell you however is the significant role deliberate story evoking, story listening, and storytelling play in creating a high performing team.

 

Story evoking, story listening, and storytelling is narrative work and is critical in ingredients #3 (structure & clarity), #4 (meaning) and #5 (impact). When you add #2 (dependability) you generate #1 (psychological safety).

 

Psychological safety is also created by other ways you communicate (appreciation, acknowledgement, fairness, etc.). That means no yelling, threats, attacks, passive-aggressiveness, etc. You know -- all those qualities of toxic leaders.

 

Keep this list handy. Send me a question if you want more specifics about narrative practices and creating high performing teams.

 

This review was originally 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 17, 4:24 PM

Hopefully you've seen this by now. But if not, this blog post clearly spells out the essential ingredients needed for building high performing teams.

 

What the article lacks are methods to make any of these 5 ingredients happen. There are good tools and methods out there.

What most neglect to tell you however is the significant role deliberate story evoking, story listening, and storytelling play in creating a high performing team.

 

Story evoking, story listening, and storytelling is narrative work and is critical in ingredients #3 (structure & clarity), #4 (meaning) and #5 (impact). When you add #2 (dependability) you generate #1 (psychological safety).

 

Psychological safety is also created by other ways you communicate (appreciation, acknowledgement, fairness, etc.). That means no yelling, threats, attacks, passive-aggressiveness, etc. You know -- all those qualities of toxic leaders.

 

Keep this list handy. Send me a question if you want more specifics about narrative practices and creating high performing teams.

 

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

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Why we must relearn the art of dialogue/story sharing -- from Ideo’s Fred Dust

Why we must relearn the art of dialogue/story sharing -- from Ideo’s Fred Dust | Just Story It | Scoop.it
At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Ideo exec says we can solve problems by designing new ways to talk with each other—rather than at each other.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Ahhhh -- music to my ears!

I love it when anyone suggests that we can design designated time for in-depth dialogue and conversations.

 

Dust says that today we move from crisis to crisis (mass shootings) with no time for conversation.

 

Dust says: “Without that conversation, without that dialogue, we end up in a really bad place.” Specifically, “we continue to live in what we at Ideo call the denial phase, where we think we can’t do anything about these tragedies.”

 

I can attest to how taking the opportunity in my personal and business life to design for in-depth dialogue has moved mountains, enriched my life, and pushed my thinking forward fast.

 

The author points out at the end of the article, "In an effort to keep the dialogue around dialogue going, Ideo has launched a website called Designing Dialogue, in which it will be crowdsourcing ideas for creative conversation structures."

 

Hooray! Design your day, work, relationships for more dialogue and deep story sharing.

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Great Products Need Great Stories — Here’s What's Involved

Great Products Need Great Stories — Here’s What's Involved | Just Story It | Scoop.it
If there are any two existential questions a product manager wrestles with, they would be: (1) What makes a great product? and (2) How do you translate that greatness into a narrative that compels…
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

I've curated this for 2 reasons:

  1. The author goes into how to evaluate if you've got a great product, which I found very helpful. I love the "superpower" idea.
  2. The outline for how to tell the product story is solid -- although nothing new. What I do like about this part of the article was the advice to craft the story around a single user -- not a group. But a real person with a real name and face.

 

What I'd add is that great product/service stories also include the backstory of why and how this product/service got created in the first place, and the challenges of bringing it out into the world.

 

So what are your great product/service stories?

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Thank you Os! It's great to be back in the game :)
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Thank you Ricard for the rescoop! It's good to be back in the game :)
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You´re Wellcome Karen, happy to see you again :)
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Deliver by Managing Culture & Communication--A Strategy That Works

Deliver by Managing Culture & Communication--A Strategy That Works | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Sponsor Content from Brightline.
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So true! If you are not communicating frequently enough, and with impact and influence, then you can kiss your strategy execution goodby. These stats back it up.

 

What's a leader to do? Learn effective storytelling about each phase of the project.

 

Enjoy this post.

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The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data

The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data | Just Story It | Scoop.it
The Future of StoryTelling Summit presented the perfect opportunity to showcase Power BI’s storytelling prowess. Of course, our team also learned some valuable lessons related to data-driven storytelling, and we’re excited to share these insights to strengthen your storytelling skills.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Whenever someone talks to me about the future of storytelling, I'm always expecting innovations in crafting or telling business stories.

 

I'm usually disappointed, because what they are really talking about are innovations in tools, applications, processes, or access. The same is true for this post -- and maybe this conference.

 

Basic storytelling skills that haven't changed in millennia are discussed here. The innovation that is good to know about is a tool from Microsoft -- Power BI. This is a data visualization tool that will help certain business storytellers.

 

But let's be clear -- data visualization is not data storytelling. A tool like Power BI can help you find the story. It still requires solid storytelling crafting skills to make it mean something, and to build influence.

 

So enjoy learning about the tool. Follow the advice for story crafting that's included -- just don't think it's anything new :)

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Using Images In Presentations--You're Doing It Wrong

Using Images In Presentations--You're Doing It Wrong | Just Story It | Scoop.it
When a picture isn't worth a thousand words.
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This post is written by fellow storyteller Kindra Hall. And she is so right on!

 

Not every presentation requires images. Lots of times the images used actually detract from the presentation, and Kendra points how in her example.

 

Best tip: you don't need images. Just be a masterful storyteller.

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Origin Stories: The iPhone's secret origin story

Origin Stories: The iPhone's secret origin story | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Slide to Unlock
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https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15782200/one-device-secret-history-iphone-brian-merchant-book-excerpt

 

Here's a fab Origin Story about the iPhone for your Friday/weekend reading.

 

It's a bit long, but fascinating. There's so much more to the story than you can imagine. Secrecy, drama, and surprises are all included. Plus it's a good history lesson in innovation, and really how new ideas become reality.

 

Enjoy this piece.

 

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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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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Wow! We’ve become masters of anecdotes, and terrible at telling real stories

Wow! We’ve become masters of anecdotes, and terrible at telling real stories | Just Story It | Scoop.it
It’s a well-documented paradox of modern relationships: Our digital tools allow us to connect in ways that feel both intimate and distant. We can be reached at all times and across great distances, but the ties that bind us are superficial. Quick updates (even the occasional humblebrag) are better than radio silence when th
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Original link: https://qz.com/991735/weve-become-masters-of-telling-anecdotes-and-terrible-at-telling-our-friends-real-stories/

 

As promised, here's the second post I recently found about anecdotes versus storytelling.

 

I found this piece quite intriguing because it points to a possible decline in storytelling in favor of sharing quick anecdotes. What I like however are the tips for how to really share a story in conversation. Great stuff!

 

Anecdotes have their place, but never share an anecdote when a real story is called for (and that's way more often than you think!)

 

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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Client Storytelling And It's Evolution 

Client Storytelling And It's Evolution  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
When you need to involve and enthuse clients with the projects you are working on together, video can be a far more effective presentation tool than the trusty PDF or PowerPoint. Made by Many's Alex Harding shares how they use video to tell product stories
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Original Link: https://www.creativereview.co.uk/evolution-client-storytelling/

 

Here's a terrific piece about the power of using video to share your client/product stories. But the article has bits of wisdom to share about other critical storytelling in business issues like:

  1. Building a culture of storytellers at work
  2. Teach like you preach
  3. Praise like you should

 

It's a nice piece, and another reminder about the power of video storytelling in client presentations.

 

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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Want Success? Know Business Storytelling's Dirty Little Secret

Want Success? Know Business Storytelling's Dirty Little Secret | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Most leaders and companies are only going to be mildly successful with
storytelling. Results are lackluster or don't last. Sometimes it results in
"Oh, we tried that here. It didn't work." Find out why and what to do about
it.
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Not every business storytelling program will be successful. And I've heard too many comments from companies like "Oh, we tried that here...it didn't work."

 

So what does make business storytelling successful? In this blog post I spell it out exactly. Don't waste time, money, and effort because you don't know how to be successful.

 

Time to get your story on based around success principles. I  hope these tips make a difference for you.

 

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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Workshop Info: Story Strategies for 2017

Workshop Info: Story Strategies for 2017 | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Storytelling in business, transformational storytelling, leadership coach,
storytelling speaker,
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Want to figure out your Story Strategy for 2017 and beyond?

 

I only have 5 seats left for my CEO/Sr. Exec Story Strategy workshop next Wed. afternoon here in San Diego.

 

Follow the link for more info or to register. If you want on the list for a personal invitation for the next San Diego event -- or the virtual workshop -- go to http://www.juststoryit.com/contact and send me a note.

 

Chat soon!

Karen

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Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling

Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Think of the last time you were completely immersed in a particular activity. You lost track of time; your concentration was at its maximum; it was instantly clear what to do next and how; all the…
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Here's a quick, but really good article on the significance of flow states and improved leadership.

 

What's a flow state? As the author Evan Sinar says, it's "total absorption in the task at hand; the task taking precedence over everything else, and actively working on the task itself becomes its own reward."

 

We've all had these types of experiences where we are 'in the zone' and we lose sense of time. Productivity and creativity soars when we are in a flow state.

 

Sinar discusses why flow states for leadership are important, companies who are focusing on this as part of their leadership development, and how to set up flow state experiences.

 

Here's my addition -- for years I've noticed that when a person is immersed in telling a story, it's actually inducing a little mini-flow state. The higher the risk (i.e. a big presentation), the more intense the flow state.

 

The more you develop your storytelling skills,  you are actually at the same time building your flow state muscles. The more you experience flow states, the easier it is to trigger them. 

 

Pretty neat, huh?

 

Story on and get into flow!

 

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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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 8, 7:42 PM
To be fully engaged in what one is doing is essential. Time appears to stand still in those moments. Educating is leading, thus pedagogy/andragogy, which also involve leading, can involve flow.

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