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Why Vulnerability Is Just A Starting Point, Not An End Point.

I hear a lot about storytelling as vulnerability. But a story is not just vulnerability. It’s making use of your vulnerability to reveal a change, and show what transformation looks like. Here’s a story of one client who leveraged a story he never wanted to tell to inform a journey that gave his company true…

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All The World Is A Stage: Zoom-Time Presentation Skills

This is a new era, and the tools are developing quickly. In an effort to support your elevation to the next level of your presentations, here’s a checklist for you to consider as you up your chops. This is primarily for at-desk media and Zoom calls, not on-the-go. EFFECTIVE ZOOM PRESENTATION CHECKLIST ☐ Get Your…

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Telling an Inclusive Story

Telling an Inclusive, Collaborative Story

How do you tell a story of a movement, of an organization, of a team, or even of your own life? Telling an inclusive collaborative story means being able to gather many stories, and often many storytellers, into one cohesive journey. And the gathering is a journey in itself. There are many variables to consider…

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Six Steps to Telling a Story of Change

1. Revive Your Adventures. To shake up those old stories, go back in time and look around. Get quiet, and wander back into those key moments of your existing story, and see what relevance they have. Think about the challenge you’re facing now, and what power lives in those moments. Maybe there’s a new insight there, or you need to toss that moment out and find another that serves your greater story.

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Telling Your Past Can Tell Your Future

A lot of us are finding ourselves in the Innermost Cave these days, as philosopher Joseph Campbell would say. Deep in the cave. Millennium-Falcon-tractor-beam-to-Death-Star kind of times. The place of not knowing. I hear it in every meeting: “These are unprecedented times.” But while unprecedented can help us nod in agreement about the multi-pronged enormity…

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Telling Effective, Memorable Stories With The Journey Curve

Have you ever looked out at an audience, whether of 1,000 or just one key person, and feel like you’ve lost them – but don’t know why? Perhaps, you have had a powerful experience that you feel can help guide your team, or your future, but you don’t know exactly how to share it. Or…

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To Find Your Story, Go Back in Time With Beginner’s Eyes

“Should I dive?” Biggsy asked, with uncertainty. I met Biggsy a couple of decades ago, as we sat on suitcases on the top of an old school bus, winding down from the green mountains of Nepal into the dry yellow flats of India. Quickly we become friends, bonded by the wonder and confusion of a…

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In The Deep Dive, The Origin Story Comes To Life

We love to project our dreams on to successful entrepreneurs. Look how successful they are! Oh, the private jet! Oh the big stage. The IPO. Boy they’ve got it made. But while we focus on the heights in a transformative story, whether told in a TED Talk, a dinner table conversation, or the recent top…

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How to Make Your Brand And Business Stories Retellable

Park Howell is a great interviewer and I enjoyed being on this Business of Story Podcast, as we explored how to tell effective brand and leadership stories. This episode is a deep dive into brand and leadership storytelling, including lots of stories, insights and storytelling tech talk. Also, check out the rest of Park Howell’s…

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“You. Should. Write. A. Book.” Five of the Most Troubling Words in the English Language.

“You should write a book.” Five of the most troubling words in the English language. Every word is charged! You. Meaning, not the person speaking, but me, a guy who prefers to talk, and has never written more than a short story. Should. Meaning, the conditional, one of my least favorite words. Not “Thou Shalt.”…

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