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Storytelling Neuroscience -- Rethinking Training + Online Courses

Storytelling Neuroscience -- Rethinking Training + Online Courses | Just Story It | Scoop.it
How can the neuroscience of storytelling help you create online courses?
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

This article by Ahmed Mori of SchoolKeep is written for educators but applies to anyone in business doing training or delivering online courses. There are great points made here about:

  • your brain on stories
  • tips to take advantage of storytelling
  • and a few cautionary thoughts


Here is what I like about the post:

  1. There is a clear research example given confirming that storytelling process both sensory parts of the brain while concurrently stimulating language processing areas.
  2. That stories do more than inform or entertain -- they stimulate critical thinking skills, capture non-linear situation complexities, and construct new knowledge.
  3. There is such a thing as bad storytelling.
  4. That the "storytelling" of marketing is a misnomer


The only point I take exception to is a quote by author Christian Salmon of Storytelling: Bewitching the Modern Mind, who says that "stories are moving away from being spontaneous cultural practices to methods of manipulation citing examples like George W. Bush, Steve Jobs,..." 


Oh please. Manipulation with stories has been going on for 100,000 years. Think the Crusades, the European witch hunts, the Holocaust, etc. But also think of Winston Churchill, Gandhi, and Christ. That's why we need to get really smart about storytelling -- both as storytellers and listeners.


And storytelling remains just as spontaneous as it ever was, thank you very much!


OK -- off to my accountant's office. While I'm gone, go read this really good article and I'll post my next article + review tomorrow.


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Give Awesome Presentations With These 5 Storytelling Tips

Give Awesome Presentations With These 5 Storytelling Tips | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Get your audience's attention and keep them engaged with these tips on public speaking.
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1wCLi0E 


Here is what I like about this article: the concrete examples of stuff most people say in a presentation that doesn't work, and then rewrites to show how to storify that statement, or share a story instead.


Delivering great presentations takes lots of practice and delivering occasional duds. Yet if you follow the advice here in this article, you can nail it every single time. (**Secret: the same tips apply to creating awesome blogs)


I really like the example of how to turn a statistic into a story. After incorporating these tips, I hope all your presentations are award-winning!


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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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, October 28, 2014 4:38 AM

OK, OK, one more about the presentations... it would be one plus more than needed if this presentation-business were not so difficult (allegedly it's one of the greatest fear to speak publicly - I can attest this...:-)))... So, it is a short one and a good one...:-))) 

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Corporate Storytelling: Want Results? Be Story Brave

Corporate Storytelling: Want Results? Be Story Brave | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Corporate Storytelling: Coming To Your Emotional Rescue - 10/03/2014
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1s3010r 


Here's a quick post with a very important message: most corporate storytelling is lackluster because companies and leaders want to play it safe. They want rosy stories that don't rock the boat. 


But that's the antithesis of great storytelling -- and it won't get you the ROI you seek. As the amazing performance storyteller Elizabeth Ellis says, the best storytelling is about "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comforted".


Effective business storytelling takes courage, and this article gives us a good dose. As Lou Hoffman, CEO of the PR firm The Hoffman Agency says, "Be story brave. Story is worth fighting for."


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Business Storytelling 101: A 7-Step Refresher

Business Storytelling 101: A 7-Step Refresher | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Seven strategies for making people care about your message.
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Article Link: 

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/10/a-refresh-on-storytelling-101/


I haven't curated an article in a while about the necessary core story elements needed for effective business storytelling. So when I ran across this one by JD Schramm, I thought it would be a good refresher -- just like the title says.


All of the elements/qualities Schramm mentions are solid. I want to particularly point out the first piece of advice he gives -- never say, "I'd like to tell you a story about...." Instead, just drop us into the action/experience of the story.


Why? Well first, because it's not needed and wastes time. Second, because it can often set up unconscious barriers to the story ("Aww, just give me the facts; don't bother with the story") before you even begin. Now who wants to do that?!


Enjoy this refresher -- you'll either be able to check off the boxes and pat yourself on the back, or easily figure out where to beef up your storytelling for better results.


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Why is Empathy the Key to Good Storytelling? The Answers...

Why is Empathy the Key to Good Storytelling? The Answers... | Just Story It | Scoop.it
In this guest post, the filmmakers of the forthcoming feature documentary, "My Country, No More" explain the importance of empathy in the storytelling process.
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Article link: 

http://www.indiewire.com/article/heres-why-empathy-is-the-key-to-good-storytelling-20140730?__scoop_post=cad53970-47e2-11e4-cc37-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=145582#__scoop_post=cad53970-47e2-11e4-cc37-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=145582


Here is a short post packed with great material. What is one of the main reasons a really good story works so well? Because it builds empathy.


But what is empathy? It's often easy to get empathy confused with sympathy. But the two are not the same.


Read this post to learn why empathy is so fundamental to good storytelling and insights into how to bring this into your business storytelling.


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Neuromarketing (+Storytelling)--You're Doing It Wrong.

Neuromarketing (+Storytelling)--You're Doing It Wrong. | Just Story It | Scoop.it
In the neuro gold rush, be sure you're looking for human insight and strategy, not pretty brain scans and shiny new measurement tools.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

OK -- I  think this is a pretty important article because it directly addresses how neuromarketing is being reduced to being "weapons of subconscious influence not insights into unmet hidden needs. The emergent field of neuromarketing is being reduced and defined as the “the study of neurological responses to marketing messages.” 


Sounds like the state storytelling is sometimes finding itself in!


Written by Douglas Van Praet, this post talks about the true value of neuromarketing beyond the simplistic (and manipulative) notion of 'let me activate your brain to make a sale'. Or in my world, 'let me tell you a story and you'll buy my product'.


Van Praet goes on to talk about the insights into essential strategies instead of short-term tactics of persuasion. He also goes into the biology of branding, and creating profits with a purpose. This all leads ultimately to deep win-wins and progress for the lives of both businesses and customers. Almost every point he makes applies to business storytelling too.


This is a great read that you won't want to miss if you are into long-term success.


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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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 30, 2014 9:34 PM

I agree with the idea that Neuromarketing isn't a secret ticket to man's inner most desires. EVEN if you could see inside the soul of your customers doing so would be wrong and your view would change the wrong things in the wrong way.

I also agree anyone can do Neuromarketing these days. Big Data, analytics and wisdom of crowds can provide as much if not more actionable information than sticking people in Catscans and postulating on motivations, persuasion and the secret Stimulus - Response curves we all understand to some lesser or greater degree.





malek's curator insight, October 1, 2014 7:29 AM

When it's all about falling in love with a purpose not a brand.

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Heroes: Masters of The Universe or Headaches?

Heroes: Masters of The Universe or Headaches? | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Alicia Pickering, a long time friend of Sparknow, is working with us on ethical and cultural auditing. She writes about the problems that heroism brings in an institutional context.
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The hero's journey is touted today as the way to craft business stories (for some, the only way), whether it is in marketing, sales, branding, content creation, org change, and even leadership. 


We are drowning in hero stories today, and it has become a mono-myth in our culture -- and maybe that's not so good. This article speaks to that issue.


This blog post written by Alicia Pickering is the best writing yet I have come across explaining why the hero's journey is sometimes not the best way to go -- and the consequences of too much emphasis on hero stories.


Go read this easy-to-read yet very thoughtful piece and let's start moving away from the dominance of the hero's journey. Let's find different stories to share in business life that reflect other aspects of the human experience.


PS -- I'm back from my travels so expect to see more curated articles. And many thanks  to my biz story folks at Sparknow in the UK for publishing this piece on their blog!


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Storytelling Implications: Appealing To Values, Not Attitudes

Storytelling Implications: Appealing To Values, Not Attitudes | Just Story It | Scoop.it
In any industry, some of the most successful new business ideas are the most radical. But these are also the most likely to fail, fast. Having a proposition that goes against the prevailing view can be game-changing; if you can get people to agree with you. And there’s the hard [...]
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's something to think about over the weekend -- when you are sharing your stories is your objective to change attitudes or values?


Turns out the answer could make a world of difference for you if you want to be more successful.


For many years I wrote about values (personal and organization), did workshops about them, and diagnosed companies regarding them. Here is part of what I taught:  values generate beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes. But the foundation is always a person's values.


So if you really want to fundamentally change yourself -- or facilitate change in someone else -- look to values.


This article does a handy job of explaining all of this and shares some important research from 2012 about circumventing resistance.


Bottom line for storytelling: craft your stories to address values, not simply attitudes. If you do so, you will rock the world.


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Want Biz Storytelling Success? 10 Simple Rules

Want Biz Storytelling Success? 10 Simple Rules | Just Story It | Scoop.it
I was recently asked to write 10 top tips for effective storytelling for the June 2014 issue of British Airways in-flight  magazine Business Life. Deciding what to include was tricky but a very use...
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Short, sweet and to the point! Here are 10 terrific storytelling rules by Geoff Mead that will bring you success. 


I particularly like the one about listening first, and I also like the advice to know the story not the words. 


Read Geoff's explanations for more insights. This post is perfect for a Friday or the weekend.


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One Secret to Nike's Success? Story Tips From Nike's Chief Storyteller

One Secret to Nike's Success? Story Tips From Nike's Chief Storyteller | Just Story It | Scoop.it
How Storied Leadership Fosters Employee Engagement I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nike’s Chief Storyteller and Sr. Director of Global HR Talent Development, Nelson Farris. Wow — what an amazing 30 minutes! http://juststoryit.com/podcasts/KDietzPodcast-NelsonFarris-edited.mp3 I’ve known about Nelson since 1999 when I first saw his name in an article about organizational storytelling. I’ve been following... View Article »
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Storytelling  in marketing/branding is all the rage. And Nike does a fabulous job at that.

 

But how else do they work with stories internally to ensure success? Well, my 30 minute podcast with Nike's Chief Storyteller and Sr. Director of Global HR Talent Development brings to light some of their practices and story philosophy.

 

If you are an entrepreneur, manager, corporate exec, or nonprofit, Farris' insights can apply to you.

 

Grab this podcast and continue to leverage the heck out of storytelling for your business.

 

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The Role of Storytelling: What Leadership Looks Like In 20 Years

The Role of Storytelling: What Leadership Looks Like In 20 Years | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence? “Singularity”? All are buzzwords of the emerging technology future. But what about leadership? If we don’t get leadership right, [...]
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here is another article on leadership that will help us chart our future and create it well.


Heaven knows, just looking at the news headlines these days reminds us how critical leadership is. And I'm not just talking at the political level. Nor am I talking about leadership at the big corporate level. I'm talking about leadership at YOUR level -- no matter where you are in your career or professional life. We are all required to be leaders today in some way, shape or form, whether we work alone or with others.


So what skills do we need to cultivate now to be awesome in the next 20? This article covers them.


Out of the 6 discussed, 4 are related to storytelling:

  1. Questions Not Answers. Effective business storytelling is NOT about 'telling'. It's about evoking stories from others and listening. Then sharing a story in return. That's the exact opposite of what is usually taught however. In order to really leverage story as a leader, it's all about mastering the Art Of The Question. Knowing the right kinds of questions to ask when is one of the secrets to the universe. No kidding. You 'gotta master this one.
  2. Employee Pull. Story is a pull technology, not a push technology. Stories pull people into your world. If you are still relating to storytelling as a push technology -- let me tell you a story so I can push my message to you -- cut it out. Pivot and work with stories as a pull technology so you are working with modern 21st Century skills.
  3. Customer Pull. Ditto #2
  4. Purpose. Got a purpose for your company that creates a positive impact on the planet? In order for Purpose to come alive, to capture the hearts/minds of people, story is your #1 vehicle for getting the job done. Get this under your belt today so you are propelled past others who are late to the game.


There are 2 other skills the author talks about in this post. For me they are long on concepts and short on examples or how-to. But they are good signposts to keep on the radar screen and find more articles research on.


OK -- I'm off to client meetings. While I'm gone doing my story thing, read the insights from this article (of which there are many) so you can start preparing today for your leadership of tomorrow.


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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Story Skills Are Critical for All Rungs of Org Ladder

Story Skills Are Critical for All Rungs of Org Ladder | Just Story It | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago we were asked to analyze a competency model that had been created by a client. The assumption of their model was that as leaders move up to higher levels in the organization, some competencies become more important. For example, in their model they proposed that a [...]
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Now here is a study showing how influence and motivation skills are necessary for both managers and leaders. This is unique because instead of just focusing on leader skills, this study surveyed senior executives, middle-managers, and lower level managers.


You'd think that the skills would differ as you go up the org food chain. Not so! As you can see from the chart, motivation, influence, communication skills and authenticity are critical at all levels.


How does this connect with storytelling? Because the way to realize "inspiring and motivating others", "display high integrity and honesty", "communicates powerfully and prolifically", "builds relationships", and the like is being able to listen for and share compelling stories that move people to action.


There are several more key insights this article shares. 332,860 bosses, peers, and subordinates participated in this study by Zenger/Folkman. Wow! Anyone in charge of people needs to get their storytelling game on in order to survive and thrive in today's business climate. This applies to nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs also. 


For the solopreneurs, it's taking these skills and applying it to marketing and sales to grow you business. For nonprofits it's taking these skills to build donations, staff and volunteer commitment, and building communities.


Bottom line: keep building those story skills to reach your dreams.


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Crappy Biz Storytelling: Scoopit Links W/out Insights

Crappy Biz Storytelling: Scoopit Links W/out Insights | Just Story It | Scoop.it

8.21.14
With 1,387 views, more than 2x the next closest Scoop, The debate about Scoop.it links on Twitter is the most viewed and shared Curation Revolution Scoop of all time.

Dr. V

I’m seeing more Scoopit links in my Twitter stream and I’m not crazy about it.  Sure it’s quick and easy to share with Scoopit.  But it not quick and easy to consume. For me it's all about the econ...

Marty Note (here is comment I wrote on Dr. V's blog)

Appreciate Bryan’s and Joseph’s comment, but I rarely use Scoop.it as a pass through. More than 90% of the time I’m adding “rich snippets” to content I Scoop.

Rich snippets are “blog” posts that fall between Twitter and the 500 to 1,000 words I would write in Scenttrail Marketing. I often create original content ON Scoop.it because whatever I’m writing falls in the crack between Twitter’s micro blog and what I think of as needing to be on my marketing blog.


I was taught NOT to pass through links on Scoop.it early on by the great curator @Robin Good . Robin has well over 1M views on Scoop.it now and his advice along with the patient advice of other great Scoop.it curators has my profile slouching toward 150,000 views.


Bryan is correct that some curators new to Scoop.it haven’t learned the Robin Good lesson yet. I agree it is frustrating to go to a link and not receive anything of value back, to simply need to click on another link. Curators who pass through links won’t scale, so the Darwinian impact will be they will learn to add value or die out.


For my part I always identify my Scoop.it links, probably about half the content I Tweet and about a quarter of my G+ shares. I also routinely share my favorite “Scoopiteers”, great content curators who taught me valuable lessons such as don’t simply pass through links but add “micro blogging” value via rich snippets.


When you follow or consistently share content from a great curator on Scooop.it you begin to understand HOW they shape the subjects they curate. I know, for example, Robin Good is amazing on new tools. Scoop.it anticipated this learning and built in a feature where I can suggest something to Robin.


This is when Scoop.it is at its most crowdsourcing best because I now have an army of curators who know I like to comment on and share content about design or BI or startups and they (other Scoopiteers) keep an eye out for me. There are several reasons Scoop.it is a “get more with less effort” tool and this crowdsourcing my curation is high on the list.


So, sorry you are sad to see Scoop.it links and understand your frustration. You’ve correctly identified the problem too – some curators don’t know how to use the tool yet. I know it is a lot to ask to wait for the Darwinian learning that will take place over generations, but Scoop.it and the web have “generations” that have the half life of a gnat so trust that the richness of the Scoop.it community will win in the end and “the end” won’t take long.


To my fellow Scoop.it curators we owe Bryan and Joseph thanks for reminding us of what Robin Good taught me – add value or your Scoop.it won’t scale. That lessons is applicable to much more than how we use Scoop.it.


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Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

FYI Folks -- I trust that the reviews I write about the articles I curate help people along in their business storytelling journey. I know that there are many curators out there who do not add reviews/comments to the articles they highlight. 


As a result, Scoop.it and other curation sites are getting a backlash because audience members are tired of getting a link to an article that brings them to Scoop.it, and then requires another click to get to the article. Now I know that is annoying. And there is nothing of value offered between clicks.


Marty's response to the original blog post is right on. Read it along with all the other comments. Truly illuminating.


Other than a rant for me, what's the value of this post to you and business storytelling?


Namely this -- no matter what medium you use -- blogging, curating, digital storytelling -- make sure you are actually adding value for your audience. Expand their knowledge, give them tools, show them how, and offer your excellent insights. The stories you share have to connect to your audience in these ways. Anything else is a waste.


All of these posts and reviews add up to telling your story in a big picture way. So thanks Marty for addressing this issue, and reminding us about principles for quality curation. I've learned a lot from both you and Robin!


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Right on Marty! I'm re-scooping this as a way to help that learning along about how to really use Scoop.it well and leverage it.
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Why Any Leader Should Embrace Story Listening Before Storytelling

Why Any Leader Should Embrace Story Listening Before Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
“What I’ve seen is a leader doesn’t start with storytelling, they start with story listening.” -John Maeda, Design Partner, KPCB During the past two years, B2C as well as B2B marketing leader…
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1yFRJRQ 


B2B companies must engage in storytelling to enhance their growth, says author Tony Zambito. That's not new news to us -- and in fact, applies to all businesses.


But what I particularly like about this article is how Zambito focuses on developing the skill of story listening in order to make that B2B growth happen. And Zambito should know -- he's an expert in creating buyer personas -- a critical storytelling step for marketers.


The author shares a video from John Maeda who does a fabulous job talking about how story listening always comes first for leaders -- of any kind, in any industry -- and then links this practice with design thinking, human-centered marketing, empathy, and vision.


Since 2001 I've been training my leadership clients first in story listening and it's made all the difference. I love how Maeda has put it all together in such a succinct and engaging way.


Enjoy this article along with the video. The author did a great job putting together the material. You'll be glad you watched it and gathered the wisdom from this post!


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Zeb WATURUOCHA, PhD's curator insight, October 31, 2014 1:00 AM

It is true that if you don't listen to me, I will not listen to you though I might pretend to be listening because you are my boss.

Raymond Godding's curator insight, October 31, 2014 4:01 PM

Leiders die beweging tot stand willen brengen, beginnen met luisteren voordat ze gaan vertellen. 

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How GE Wins Big With B2B Corporate Storytelling

How GE Wins Big With B2B Corporate Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
“Behind every person, behind every company, behind everything, is a story of how it got there – and the most relevant stories connect on a personal level.” Beth Comstock, CMO of GE. The above c…
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1yZ5TQW 


Ahhhhh -- here's an article that is music to my ears!


It's all about how GE is working with the principles of storytelling to provide buyers more than just information about product specifications. GE is deliberately working with stories to create the human connection with each other that we all desire.


How do they do that? This article, written by Tony Zambito for the Business2Community blog explains a lot about their approach. Like spending lots of time on listening first. Yeah!! That is a foundational skill for storytelling and a key commitment for GE.


There are 4 other story principles GE follows. I love "learn imagination". Another thing I like about this article is that there is not a distinction made between corporate storytelling and brand storytelling -- they are viewed as one and the same here, not discrete activities. Thank heavens.


Read more about how GE approaches its storytelling. You too can use the same principles with the same great results.


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Clayton Bye's curator insight, October 23, 2014 10:10 AM

More and more businesses are hiring writers to create stories about their products or to create stories for their customers, whether that be for a product or for a company blog or web page..

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Why Do We Make Audiences Sit In The Dark When Telling Stories?

Why Do We Make Audiences Sit In The Dark When Telling Stories? | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Stage lighting is bad for the speaker and the audience.
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Article Link:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorgan/2014/10/09/why-do-we-make-audiences-sit-in-the-dark/


OK -- great question! Why DO we make audiences sit in the dark when we are sharing our stories???


Here's a secret from the story performance world -- rarely do professional storytellers tell stories to a dark auditorium. We most often ask for the house lights to be turned up so we can see the audience.


Why? Because storytelling is a co-created experience involving deep listening with the audience so you can connect with them and make slight shifts in the story to fit the moment. And that can't happen when you can't see the audience.


As the author Nick Morgan says in this post -- let's stop having audiences sit in the dark. Turn up the lights! It will make for better storytelling.


Read the article for several more concrete and practical reasons for keeping the lights on :))


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Critical Tips for Social Change and Storytelling

Critical Tips for Social Change and Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
By Julia Sick (United States) Storytelling is an artistic form of expression—a tool we use to convey a moment or experience in a meaningful way. We use stories in our lives every day, yet less ofte...
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http://togetherindignity.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/storytelling-for-social-change/?__scoop_post=5bbba890-4994-11e4-9093-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=145582#__scoop_post=5bbba890-4994-11e4-9093-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=145582


This article makes a very important point for any nonprofit, but also for any business. As the author states, "Too often we edit our stories to fit a version of the world that is easier to digest. This does nothing for our progress toward a better understanding of humanity, but instead reinforces unexplained and unquestioned stereotypes." 


Oh, that is so true! When we sanitize our stories, we run the risk of reinforcing stereotypes instead of expressing the rich tapestry of human experience. And often by reinforcing stereotypes we reduce the people in our stories to simple caricatures that are easy to dismiss.


This post by talks in depth about ways to not get stuck in this type of storytelling. Following the advice here is critical for any business or nonprofit if authenticity is important to you.


It becomes even more critical if your business or nonprofit is all about social change. Go read this now...it's a rich and thoughtful piece that's not long.


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Stories and change -- the good, the bad

Stories and change -- the good, the bad | Just Story It | Scoop.it
We’ve just been listening to a talk on BBC Radio 4 by Philippa Perry about why stories are so powerful. Philippa’s background is in psychotherapy, and she talks about the subject in terms of the...
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Here is a thoughtful post from Sparknow on a part of storytelling we seldom dwell on -- if we are not used to hearing a certain story we may not be able to take it in.


Hmmmmm. The article shares a great example of how this happens. The author then goes on to point out that businesses can be just like that too.


Ah hah -- maybe this is another clue as to why organizational change efforts fail so miserably. People can't hear the new story; they can't take it in.


There are fascinating insights here that I am definitely incorporating into my work.


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Want to inspire staff? Let customers do it for you with stories.

Want to inspire staff? Let customers do it for you with stories. | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Kevin Murray explains how really savvy leaders succeed in outsourcing inspiration
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Here's the original link to the article:

 http://www.cityam.com/1411691919/customers-will-inspire-your-staff-better-you


This article asks and important question about the relationship with your staff and customers: what stories are they telling? And even more, what stories are the two groups telling to each other?


Author Kevin Murray makes the point that savvy leaders finds multiple ways to connect customer experiences to employee behaviors. When customers get an opportunity to share their stories directly with staff, they often come away more motivated and inspired. And when staff share their stories with customers, inspiration can flow the other way, too.


Of course, this all depends on positive experiences being shared -- or experiences where a positive outcome was the result. 


Nevertheless, I like the questions Murray poses in his blog post that will get you started leveraging this particular application of story work.


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Want to fix world problems? Then tell a different story.

Want to fix world problems? Then tell a different story. | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Change the story, and you change everything.
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Wow -- what a rich and thought-provoking post that is a must-read for anyone interested in business storytelling (or any kind of storytelling). The insights shared here should keep you occupied for quite awhile.


The gist of this article is this: if we see/want a better future, then what story will help us get there? As the author says, "Our stories have an immense power to shape the world."


Tim Hjersted of filmsforaction.org is the author and I'm adding him to my list of 'must follow people'. He explains how sharing different kinds of stories will get us out of our present and into a more desirable future.


Even better -- he then goes on to share the emerging new stories to get behind. Some of these I've been charting for the last 15 years. It's fun to see how far we are coming along. And yes, we still have a ways to go.


These stories are particularly important for businesses to not only be aware of, but become part of. This is particularly true as companies continue to embody social causes as a way of doing business.


Get behind the new stories that engage you. You will thank you, your customers will thank you, your business will thank you, the world will thank you.


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Jens Peter Madsen's curator insight, September 17, 2014 3:37 AM

Waw a perspective - I believe its true - It´swhat we expeience in daily life. Bad stories makes us lazy and good stories gives us energy and hope :-)

 

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Can Storytelling Kill Your Message? Yes--in 5 Ways

Can Storytelling Kill Your Message? Yes--in 5 Ways | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Stories should relay a message and engage audiences, but sometimes they just fall flat. Learn why stories can fail and how you can make your stories effective every time.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

This a quick article with powerful tips on when stories don't work. In addition to knowing why and how to craft great compelling stories, it is also worth knowing what contributes to stories failing.


If you pay attention to avoiding the traps explained here you are well on your way to story success.


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 6, 2014 10:01 AM

Do it but with care...

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Storytelling Can Ease Tensions in Any Culture or Org

Storytelling Can Ease Tensions in Any Culture or Org | Just Story It | Scoop.it
In the last couple of weeks there has been increased firing across the line of control that separates India from Pakistan. According to news reports at least two Indian civilians and four Pakistani civilians have been killed, and dozens injured on both sides. In the midst of this India canceled scheduled [...]
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Well, if stories can be used to reduce entrenched cultural differences that result in violent conflict, then surely business storytelling can reduce divisions within companies and between staff.


Here is a terrific article discussing how soap opera stories are bridging cultures and building understanding between people. This is not new -- colleagues Paul Costello has been doing related work for years with Protestant and Catholic youth in N. Ireland; and Noa Baum has been doing the same between Israelis and Palestinians. And plenty of other story colleagues are doing similar work.


This article is a good weekend read. If this can happen for nations, it can happen for your organization. LOL -- some stories in organizations are like ongoing soap operas. But all you really need to do is start by having people share 'Who I Am" stories across the organization.


As we all know, someone is no longer a stranger once you know their story.


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Data Storytelling: How To Make A Big Difference

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Many people will be familiar with signs by the side of the road exhorting drivers to take their litter away with them. In the past, those signs would remind transgressors of the penalties they faced if caught. Nowadays, they are more likely to feature a statement along the lines of [...]
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As I continue to help clients and students integrate data into stories and presentations, I'm finding great truth in the ideas presented in this article.


This post focuses on a specific category of information that when shared can move mountains. The information simply conveys what "other people do."


If you need to influence people in any way, take the advice in this article to heart. The author writes about how to share "what other people do" and gives fab examples to back it up.


Enjoy reading this piece and adding these tips into your data storytelling toolkit.


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Answer These 3 Questions For Fab Success At Your Next Storied Presentation

Answer These 3 Questions For Fab Success At Your Next Storied Presentation | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Delivering presentations is one of the best ways to build your brand and increase your network, yet public speaking is ranked ahead of death in the list of fears. To succeed at your next speech, focus on your audience and ask yourself these three critical questions.
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Every presentation you give -- no matter what time and to whom -- is all about being able to tell your story and succeed.


To help us all get better at presentations of any kind -- whether it's at a team meeting, with senior executives, project managers, investors, sales proposals and presentations -- here are 3 critical questions you need to answer to be able to tell your story well and sell.


While the article is geared toward public speaking, the advice here crosses all applications. Whenever you need to present your ideas, make sure you can answer these 3 questions first.


Follow the tips here and be awesome!


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Art Jones's curator insight, August 26, 2014 12:11 PM

Remember, your presentation is not a showcase for how knowledgeable and great you are. Your presentation is your opportunity to share ideas with your audience that position them to be more & do more.

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“Talk the Walk”: A Game Changer The Best Storied Leaders Do

“Talk the Walk”: A Game Changer The Best Storied Leaders Do | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Why words matter.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

I like this article because it goes beyond the simple leadership phrase "Walk the talk," which means "live your values, don't just talk about them".


What the author Bill Taylor is focusing on here is the connection between thinking, language, communication, and action. His position is that when leaders start thinking differently, their language changes, then their communication changes, and then if all goes well, their words and actions line up.


In other words, if leaders can break out of the "isms" of their company, they will start thinking differently about the organization and talk about it differently, too. That can be a game-changer for everyone. Want more innovation? Then start thinking about it differently. That starts the cascade to language, communication, and action.


Taylor has good examples to share, and then asks: "So ask yourself, as you try to lead an organization, or a business unit, or a department: Have you developed a vocabulary of competition that helps everyone understand what makes your company or team special and what it takes for them to be at their best? Can you explain, in a language all your own, what separates you from the pack and why you expect to win?"


All of this languaging and communication happens best through storytelling--which then shapes and inspires action of done well.


While this article is all about using shaping and shifting language internally, the next piece of work is making sure it also connects with customers so you don't end up becoming extinct.


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