Storytelling at Work
June 21, 2018
My Vision for Fostering a Revolution of Inspired Storytelling

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Although I have been deeply involved in the world of storytelling for the past six years, I think it's fair to say that I am relatively new to the game. Anthropologists tell us that oral storytelling emerged about the same time as language -- approximately 100,000 years ago. Based on my calculations, that puts me about 99,994 years late to the party. Oh well! Better late than never, eh? As I understand it, Grandma Moses didn't start painting until she was 64 and Abraham didn't get circumcised until he was 101. Some things take time, I guess.

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Let Your Stories Bloom!


"I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories... water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom." -- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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June 05, 2018
We Are All Storytellers

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Creating the Innovation Mindset via Storytelling

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June 01, 2018
The Three Daughters

Some stories deliver their message by what's NOT said...

Thanks to Ron Brent for the heads up
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May 28, 2018
NEW PODCAST: The Stories We Tell and Their Impact

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Click here for Mitch Ditkoff's 5/25 appearance on VoiceAmerica -- Wanda Wallace's Out of the Comfort Zone interview. All about the power of storytelling.

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May 24, 2018
THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG, on Radio: Fri, May 25th, 2:00 pm ET


Idea Champions' co-Founder, Mitch Ditkoff, will be interviewed, live, on May 25th, 2:00 pm, EST on Wanda Wallace's VoiceAmerica radio show. Topic? The power of storytelling. Click here to tune in on May 25th. If you miss it, a podcast will be available.

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May 18, 2018
It's Never Too Late to Tell Your True Stories -- Even at 93

Fantastic! Love this! Tom Sitter, 93, recalling a moment in Catholic school on Valentine's Day. Funny. Authentic. Memorable. Tom is a natural!

Big shout out to Val Vadeonboncoeur for the heads up

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May 16, 2018
CHRIS LEARNS A LESSON: A Story from Ms. Najma's 2nd Grade Class

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Last week, at Al Siraat, a very forward-thinking Islamic School outside of Melbourne, Australia I had a most memorable experience.

The audience was not my typical client, but a classroom of seven-year olds. And why I was there was because of one simple reason. Their teacher, the very creative and dedicated, Ms. Najma, had read my book on storytelling a few days before and, inspired by the techniques, decided to apply one of them in her class -- a way to motivate her students to write, illustrate, and publish their own book.

Since I was already at Al Siraat for two weeks, it was only a short walk to Ms. Najma's class, where her 20 students were waiting for me, eyes wide open, waiting to meet a "real author." I asked them questions. They answered. They asked me questions. I answered. Then, formalities out of the way, I had the good fortune to be on the receiving end of them taking turns reading me their story and telling me about their process of writing it. Total fun... and such a good learning experience for ALL of us. Click the link below to read their masterpiece, "CHRIS LEARNS A LESSON".

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May 11, 2018
One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children

Excellent article from Psychology Today on why it's good to read stories to children.


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May 07, 2018
How to Build Trust

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May 04, 2018
Why Are Stories Imporant for Children?


Here's why
And also for adults

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May 03, 2018
The Origins of Harry Potter


I have a question for you: Do you know who once said the following statement? "By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew." Any guesses?

Those were the words of J.K. Rowling -- the woman who authored the Harry Potter series of books which have now been translated into 73 languages and have earned more than $20 billion dollars in book sales, movies rights, and sponsorships.

She's rich and famous now, but success did not come easy. It took her her many years to become successful.

Soon after she conceived the idea for Harry Potter, she began writing, but was immediately pulled away from her work by the death of her mother -- an event that triggered a deep depression in her -- a phenomenon which made it impossible for her to write. Hoping to dig herself out of her depression, she took a job teaching English in Portugal for a year -- where she hoped to finish her book.

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April 29, 2018
On Being Visited by an Angel

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Full disclosure: I have never been a person who believed in angels. Angels, to me, were merely poetic metaphors, the etheric embodiments of hard-to-describe feelings that some religiously-inclined people experienced when betwixt and between -- some kind of fairy tale mix of loneliness, love, and longing for something beyond what their own two eyes could see. Hovering somewhere between God and the Easter Bunny, angels struck me as nothing more than projections, the astral version of what imaginative children have been inventing for centuries -- "invisible friends."

This all changed for me one unforgettable night in 1974.

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April 28, 2018
I Am Not a Handyman


Are you a man -- or know a man who is, shall we say, "handyman challenged"? If so, then this newly published Huffington Post article of mine, is for you. Three minutes worth of comic relief. If you like it, please LIKE it and forward the link to your friends. Let's go viral!

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Higher Self Meditations, as its name implies, offers meditations on your higher Self. Its 52 chapters provide clear understanding of why meditation is more successful when it effortlessly lets the Universe do it for you; explain how to contact your higher Self; give you a sense of the far-reaching benefits of such contact; offer a clear understanding of higher states of consciousness awaiting you; and show how meditation and higher consciousness relate to the creative arts, philosophy, the sciences, and so much more.

Cary Bayer, a Life Coach who has worked with Oscar-winners Alan Arkin and Pietro Scalia, Emmy-winners comic/director David Steinberg and Judy Henderson, and Quality Inns, founded Higher Self Healing Meditation in 2010.

A former teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM), and a trainer of TM teachers, Cary studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Deepak Chopra, and Ram Dass, and taught meditation to hundreds of people from southern California and the Caribbean to Western Europe and Australia.

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April 23, 2018
How to Tell a Story

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New York Times on How to Tell a Story. Nice and simple. Three key points. Worth the read. But the real question is this -- regardless of how the New York Times makes its case. When are YOU going to start telling your stories? And I'm not talking about anecdotes, snippets, and drive-by blurting. I'm talking about real stories, from your own life, with a beginning, middle, and end, an obstacle, a resolution, lots of juicy details, and some memorable meaning. You have a ton of these stories inside you. I know you do. Now's the time to let them out of the cage of your memory and share them with the world -- or, if not "the world", then at least a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor.

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April 21, 2018
Why Stories Matter

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Here's a super simple way to better understand why stories matter -- 15 brief videos on the topic from the mind and heart of Mitch Ditkoff.
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April 19, 2018
Why Leaders Should Tell Stories


Here's why. Insightful article from Forbes Magazine

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Storytelling and the Innovation Mindset

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April 16, 2018
Good Leaders Tell Stories That Help People Trust Them with Power

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Are you a leader trying gain the trust of the people you lead? While there are many ways to approach this bold challenge, one of the simplest and most effective ways is storytelling. Abraham Lincoln was a master of the craft and, indeed, many historians claim this is what enabled him to distinguish himself from others aspiring to be President of the United States at the time. Read about it here. Plus more.

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Mastering storytelling in the workplace
Storytelling for the Revolution

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April 14, 2018
KURT VONNEGUT SPEAKS: On the Shape of Stories
The shape of stories in the workplace
Storytelling as a way to spark innovation

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Storytelling at Work is a blog about the power of personal storytelling – why it matters and what you can do to more effectively communicate your stories – on or off the job. Inspired by the book of the same name, the blog features "moment of truth" stories by the author, Mitch Ditkoff, plus inspired rants, quotes, and guest submissions by readers.

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About Mitch's New Book
Storytelling at Work is more than a blog. It is also a book, featuring 38 stories from the front lines of business and 16 essays about the art and science of storytelling. Available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.
Do you want to know more about the book before buying it? Click here for Mitch's response to frequently asked questions about Storytelling at Work – the perfect book for people who think they have no time to read.
The Workshop
Storytelling is an "unconscious competency" – an ability we all have that all too often remains inaccessible to us. Enter the Storytelling at Work workshop – a simple way to activate this powerful, innate skill.
Wisdom Circles
Want to establish a culture of storytelling in your organization or community? Looking for a simple way to help people to share their meaningful, memorable stories with each other? Here's how.
Podcasts & Videos
Click here to view and listen to a series of interviews with the author of this blog. Go beyond the written word. Listen. Feel. Elevate the conversation. Understand what the big deal is about personal storytelling.
Blogs 'R Us
If you like this blog, you might also like Mitch's other two blogs: The Heart of Innovation and The Heart of the Matter. Mitch is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Idea Champions
When Mitch isn't writing, he's captaining the good ship Idea Champions, a leading edge innovation consulting and training company based in Woodstock, NY. What their clients say.