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How Oprah Landed Her Memorable, Retellable Story – In Six Steps

Okay, you’ve likely seen the speech. And it will be retold many times and in many ways in the years to come. Here’s how Oprah landed the key six steps to retellable storytelling. It goes like this: 1. Reclaim the past. Oprah’s bold start, not with a “thank you” or an “it’s an honor to…

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Two Keys to Last Minute Speech Prep

Okay, so you’ve got a talk coming up in three days and you haven’t done a thing. You’re about to stand up in front of 300 people you’ve never met. Your job is to inspire them. No small task, and yet you keep procrastinating. After all, your world is already full…and you’ve spoken many times. Yet you…

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Make Public Speaking More Fun. Step #1: Paddle Through The Blank Page

This is the first in a series of three pieces on getting your speaking up to speed. Palm trees and hammock-lined sands had become terrifying in seconds. My wade into waist-deep water turned into a torrent that was now pulling me into the crushing waves. Just offshore from my new favorite place in Parque Tayrona,…

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Failing is Part of Visioning

  “What’s the gift in this?” I thought, as I sat there. My flight had been delayed, then outright cancelled. Three hours in Long Beach Airport. Then I heard a chirp. Chirp, chirp chirp. Weird. I looked down, and saw a sparrow grabbing a stick in its beak. It flew halfway up to the ceiling,…

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Matching Story With Meaning

As you tell your story, a few people in the audience might have a question in their head that they’re not asking. The question is this: “Why are you telling me his?” Maybe they’re just excited to get the upshot. Or maybe they’re impatient, or even skeptical you’re taking them somewhere worth going. Don’t worry.…

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Shaping A Story From Many

For more than 30 years, Enterprise Community Partners has touched millions of lives by creating hundreds of thousands of homes – and investing billions of dollars – in communities nationwide. Challenge: Because of the breadth and depth of Enterprise’s work as a collection of for-profit and non-profit organizations, the Enterprise Marketing & Communications team sought…

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Storytelling for Recruiters

Part of Facebook’s mission is to ‘make the world more open and connected.’ And connection comes from the center. In working with Facebook’s University Recruiting, Retellable supported their ongoing goal of securing the best talent in the world in a competitive race with other Silicon Valley tech firms. Facebook enlisted us specifically to motivate and…

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LinkedIn: A Globally-Distributed Core Story

It’s no easy task for a tech company to create an attractive distinction through culture. And yet that’s just what LinkedIn set out to do with InDay: every month, LinkedIn provides one day for employees to transform themselves, their teams and their community. Challenge: With 9,000 employees around the world and hundreds of different experiences…

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Public Health Story Training

Business Challenge: Leaders at the Department of Public Health/Injury Prevention division in Hawaii were having a hard time talking about injury prevention without getting stuck in big problems – or swamped in data. Whether it was talking about drowning prevention, traffic safety, or suicide prevention, they needed a way to deliver their messages and connect…

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One Small (Lifelong) Lesson My Mom Taught Me

My mind was being blown. I was 23, graduated college, sold my first business, and had dedicated myself to traveling for as long as I could. New languages, new places, new people; every day seemed to be a new revelation. On a short stint home after returning home from Southeast Asia, I was staying with…

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