Storytelling at Work
June 27, 2017
So I Exaggerate a Little


Fabulous article by Andrea Askowitz about the storyteller's mission and the phenomenon of how facts sometimes get in the way of the truth. A slippery slope indeed. What's real? What's perceived? What's remembered?

Thanks to Scott Cronin for the heads up

Photo: Jesse Ditkoff
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June 25, 2017

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Here is a wonderful review of my book, Storytelling at Work, by Elisabeth Swan, the Managing Director of GoLeanSixSigma.

A unique perspective Ms. Swan has -- many years experience in the realm of continuous improvement, six sigma, lean management, and lean six sigma. Plus, she does improv!

I like what Albert Einstein had to say about the condundrum: "Not everything that counts can be counted; not everything that can be counted counts." Which is one of the reasons why storytelling is such a powerful tool. It allows a person to deliver a meaningful, memorable message without discounting the part of a themselves that knows and gets things done without measuring.

VIDEO: Why storytelling works
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June 15, 2017
The Sacred Dancers of San Miguel


Some stories are told in words. Others are told in pictures. Click here for the extraordinary visual story of the sacred dancers of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico -- the work of peace artist, Evelyne Pouget.
And click here for the Wikipedia back story.

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June 14, 2017
The Afghani Cab Driver and the $250M Dollar Salty Snack Food

The story in the Huffington Post
13 of my video stories on GlowDec
Podcast, interviews, and storytelling links
Who I am in the marketplace

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June 06, 2017
Harness the Power of Storytelling


SPEAKING.COM Interview with Mitch Ditkoff
AMAZON: Storytelling at Work

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May 30, 2017
The Toledo On Ramp

The spiritual literature of Planet Earth is full of stories that track the trials and tribulations of earnest souls on the path of God. Like Jonah in the belly of the whale, for example. And Moses in the desert. And Jesus on the Cross. Every culture has their own, just like they have their own creation myths. Indeed, the heroes and heroines of these soul-shaping stories have, in time, become a kind of code for the hard-to-describe qualities that define what it means to be a highly resilient human being.

Good. We need stories. We need memorable examples of what's possible.

What we don't, need, however is the assumption that the stories that have made it to the scriptures are the only ones worth remembering. They're not. Each of us, in our own way, has had similar experiences -- modern-day versions of the archetypal challenges that stretch a human being to the point of breaking. Like the time, as a cross-country hitchhiker in Toledo, Ohio, I stood on the on ramp to I-70 for ten hours without a ride. No matter what I did or didn't do, no matter how much I prayed, meditated, or surrendered, where I stood, how I stood, or what sudden deals I made with God, no one would pick me up. No one...

To be continued... excerpted from my forthcoming book, Storytelling for the Revolution.

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May 24, 2017
The Wisdom Circles of San Miguel


Going to be in San Miguel de Allende this summer -- especially July 20th and August 15th? Good. Then come to either or both of my Wisdom Circles -- transformational storytelling for people who know that great wisdom abides in the heart and soul of everyone. Click here for the details.

My book on storytelling

My website
Unspoken Word

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May 23, 2017
You Are a Natural Born Storyteller


Hot off the press!

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May 18, 2017
The Power of Story

A lot of insight, wisdom, and thoughtfulness in this presentation. A good primer for anyone wanting to use storytelling wisely in their company (or in the company of others).
Silver Medal Winner: Axiom Business Books Awards
Idea Champions

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May 16, 2017
The 18th Camel


A father left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The will of the father stated that the eldest son should receive half of 17 camels while the middle son should receive one third and the youngest son one ninth.

Continue reading "The 18th Camel"

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May 11, 2017
How Top Companies Use Storytelling to Drive Results

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A well-written article, from Inside HR, on the power of storytelling in organizations. A 3-minute read.

One size does not fit all
My storytelling workshop

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Cavemen with Briefcases Waiting for a Wise Story to Be Told

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Storytelling at Work: The Workshop
Storytelling to Create the Innovation Mindset
Storytelling at Work: The Book
Storytelling in the Workplace: The Radio Interview

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May 08, 2017

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If you are looking for a simple way to leverage the power of storytelling in your organization, but haven't found an "off the shelf" solution, I know why: it doesn't exist. And WHY it doesn't exist is because your organization's needs are unique. One size fits all does not fit all. That's why Idea Champions' storytelling workshops are all customized. We mix and match from a broad selection of modules to create the perfect fit for you. All we need to know is what topics you'd like to see us address and in what ratio. Simple. And we don't charge for customization.

-- Building a business case for the benefits of storytelling
-- Improving listening and feedback skills
-- Activating the innovation mindset
-- Sharing in-house best practices
-- Communicating tacit knowledge (i.e. insight and wisdom)
-- Going beyond your organization's old story
-- Generating new ideas and solutions
-- Increasing trust and teamwork
-- Improving idea selling skills
-- Inspiring action and meaningful follow through
-- Fostering a culture of storytelling in the workplace

Creating the Innovation Mindset
Storytelling at Work

We wrote the book
We also wrote the blog
The workshop is taught by this gent

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May 05, 2017
Why Storytelling Matters

Some good stuff in this one about the structural elements of good storytelling.

Silver medal winner of the Axiom Book Awards

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May 03, 2017
Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

Storytelling in Business
Share tacit knowledge at work
WORKSHOP: How storytelling can spark the innovation mindset

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May 01, 2017
Why the Best Superbowl Ads Are Structured as Stories


A two-year analysis of 108 Super Bowl commercials has revealed that it was the structure of the content -- not the content itself -- that was the biggest predictor of its success. And the structure that was most linked to Superbowl ad success? Stories. This Harvard Business Review article elaborates on why storytelling is such a powerful communication tool.

Storytelling at Work

Awesome quotes on storytelling

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April 30, 2017
Tell Me a Story

This is a pearl of a TED talk by the co-founder of Story Engine. Deep, authentic, and entertaining. Worth watching twice. Great quote, at the end, by Fred Allen.

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April 27, 2017
The Storytelling Animal

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April 26, 2017
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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April 22, 2017
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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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.