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
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.April 27, 2017
The Storytelling Animal April 26, 2017
KURT VONNEGUT SPEAKS: On the Shape of Stories 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 upApril 21, 2017
The Four Healing Salves
April 20, 2017
Steve Denning, formerly of the World Bank, makes a compelling case for why storytelling is such a powerful communication tool in business.The Idiots Guide to a TED Talk April 19, 2017
The Power of Personal Storytelling in the Workplace
Want to get a good sense of who I am and what my storytelling work is all about? Click here for 13 brief videos (less than 4 minutes each) of me waxing on about the topic. Half of the videos are me telling on-the-job "moment of truth" stories. The other half is all about the art and science of storytelling. How it works. Why it works.April 18, 2017
The Best Opening to a TED Talk
OK. Andrew Stanton takes the cake for the quickest, boldest, most memorable opening to a TED talk I've ever heard. A play within a play, insofar as uses the shortest form of story -- the joke -- to kick start his 19-minute talk. PS: If you don't like "X-rated" jokes, you may want to skip this one.April 16, 2017
DON DAVIS: Storyteller Supreme April 14, 2017
Listening is a Superpower
As an innovation provocateur and storyteller, I am continually fascinated at how rare real listening is in most organizations. Everyone seems to be moving so fast or just WAITING for their turn to speak, that real listening rarely happens. Methinks, it goes all the way back to our childhood where we were deeply appreciated for speaking our first word, but never appreciated for the first time we listened. If you want to be a good storyteller, begin by being a good story listener.April 11, 2017
Ken Burns on Story April 07, 2017
VIDEO: The Power of Storytelling to Spark Innovation on the Job
Click here for a 33-minute interview of Mitch Ditkoff talking about the power of storytelling to ignite innovation, insight, and wisdom in the workplace. This link will expire on April 9th. Enjoy!April 06, 2017
The Master of Whistling
OK. It's official. My mind is blown. And Molly Lewis has just blown it -- a woman who has taken whistling to Olympic heights. Here's Molly's back story.April 05, 2017
Tell Your Hidden Stories!
Here is the retelling of an old tale I first heard from Prem Rawat. The story can be interpreted in a number of ways. For this particular moment, I am telling the story to draw your attention to the fact that within you, hidden from sight, there are many wonderful stories still to be told. I encourage you to tell them.
The Dark Side of Storytelling
All of us tell stories -- whether we speak them aloud or not. Our stories are our handy dandy way of interpreting reality. Often, however, the stories we tell are nothing more than ways to protect ourselves from reality -- our strategy to maintain our sense of self-worth even when "real life" has something else to say to us. In this spot on 11-minute TED talk, Suzanne Duncan, a thought leader in the investment management industry, elaborates on this phenomenon -- and it's downside for anyone in business.The Art of Storytelling According to the Founders of StoryCorps and the Humans of New York
April 02, 2017
This Person Most Likely Has No Match.com Profile
April 01, 2017
Story as a Leadership Tool
Here's a lovely animated intro to why STORYTELLING is such a powerful communication and business tool -- by the author of Circle of the 9 Muses.
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