Storytelling at Work
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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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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April 14, 2018
KURT VONNEGUT SPEAKS: On the Shape of Stories
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Storytelling as a way to spark innovation

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April 09, 2018

"Those who tell the story, rule the world." -- Hopi Indian saying

If you are wondering why I chose to call my book: Storytelling for the Revolution -- a title some people might think is incendiary, inflated, or overly dramatic, here's the reason: We need a revolution. We do. But the revolution I'm inviting you to join is not a political one. It has nothing to do with a change of government, laws, sanctions, or social structures. It has to do with a change of mind and a change of heart and a change in the way we communicate to each other.

Continue reading "STORYTELLING FOR THE REVOLUTION: The Introduction"

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April 08, 2018
The Fence to Nowhere


"Good fences make good neighbors," wrote the poet, Robert Frost, 63 years ago -- a now iconic poetic meme that looks at both sides of the human condition from two very different perspectives. Yes, it's true -- fences do make good neighbors. But not always. Sometimes, fences do other things -- like make good catalysts to help people understand the distinctions between selfless service, non-attachment, and idiocy.

The year? 1977. The place? Kissimmee, Florida. The occasion? A week-long, outdoor festival of spiritual seekers wanting to experience love. And I was one of them, having traveled 32 hours from Colorado for the chance to listen, learn, and be of service -- my chance to "give back" in response to the extraordinary gift I had been given six years earlier by the man whom all of us had traveled such long distances to see.

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April 05, 2018
The Future of Storytelling Summit

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March 24, 2018
The Power Over Story


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March 18, 2018
HOLY FOOL'S DAY: March 25th

Gail Larsen initiated Holy Fools Day in 2014, and in this fourth year of bringing a wonderful spark of madness to the world, you're invited to join Gail, Wisdom Healing Qigong Master Mingtong Gu, Sacred Activist Andrew Harvey and a fervent group of transformational speakers to take your own wild leap of faith. What one bold action are you ready to take toward the change you want to see in the world?

Register here. It's free!

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March 10, 2018
Demystifying Charisma

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March 03, 2018
JEAN HOUSTON: The Urgent Need for Transformational Storytelling

Big thanks to Peter Blum for the heads up.

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February 26, 2018
Story as Synapse


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February 22, 2018
Welcome to the First Interspecies Book Marketing Campaign


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February 07, 2018
Micro-Learning for Storytellers


Time-crunched as you are, I know you don't even have two-minutes to read this. So thanks for your 119 seconds.

I'm not going to sell you on the power of storytelling. You already know it's powerful. What you don't know is how to make it real in your organization. I know how to do that. That's what my Micro-Learning for Storytellers service is about. And all it takes is 15 minutes a week.

What you will get is 52 weeks of my content (i.e. videos, podcasts, stories, and articles) to distribute to your workforce one bite-sized piece of wisdom at a time. Mind openers. Thought starters. Tips. Tools. Techniques. Guidelines. And just enough inspiration for people to make the effort they need to become storytelling masters on the job. Or in the class. Or wherever.

WHO AM I?: Mitch Ditkoff, President of Idea Champions, author of the award-winning Storytelling at Work and the forthcoming Storytelling for the Revolution. My clients.

Intrigued? Email me today with the word STORYTELLING in the subject line: and I will get back to you with more details.

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February 06, 2018
WISDOM CIRCLES: Tribal Storytelling in the Workplace

Here's a sneak preview of an exciting new organizational invention of mine, WISDOM CIRCLES -- an organic outgrowth of Storytelling at Work. These are small group gatherings for people who want to explore the power of personal storytelling in the workplace -- an inspired opportunity to share insights, wisdom, tacit knowledge, and lessons learned -- the hard to communicate "inner best practices" that are a huge part of who we are as human beings.
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February 01, 2018
Seth Godin on Book Publishing

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If you are planning on publishing a book any time soon and would like a lucid guide to what's happening in the strangely fascinating world of publishing, click here for Seth Godin's latest insights.

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January 31, 2018
Catching Up to What We Are


We do not become healers.We came as healers. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not become storytellers. We came as carriers of the stories we and our ancestors actually lived. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not become artists. We came as artists. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not become writers.. dancers.. musicians.. helpers.. peacemakers. We came as such. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not learn to love in this sense. We came as Love. We are Love. Some of us are still catching up to who we truly are.

- A Simple Prayer for Remembering the Motherlode by Clarissa Pinkola

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January 30, 2018
THE SPRICE OF FREEDOM: A Journey from Darkness to Light

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Sprice Drury is a woman who had it all -- a loving husband, a fabulous home, two horses, three acres, four dogs, a $350,000 year income, and the kind of fascinating work that allowed her to travel the world producing TV shows and documentaries. She was, in many ways, the poster child for success.

There was no indication, in 2012, that all of this was about to change -- a perfect storm of unexpected events that would not only turn her life upside down, but challenge every assumption she had about who she was and what life was all about.

Continue reading "THE SPRICE OF FREEDOM: A Journey from Darkness to Light"

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January 28, 2018
Choose to Tell Stories that Awaken, Inspire, and Heal

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The sign this young woman is holding tells a story -- one that is becoming increasing painful to me, as an American citizen. Has it come to this in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" where millions of people are being marginalized because they don't fit the plot that rules the tale being told by the ruling class?

Not only have all the groups noted on this woman's sign been marginalized, in some strange "he who tells the story rules the world" kind of way, they have been turned into villains.

Really? Because they LOOK different than those in power? Because they have different beliefs? Because they don't pay a lot of taxes? I implore you, as a human being, reader of this blog, and someone who knows that the stories we tell have the power to change the narrative on Planet Earth, not to buy into the story being spun, these days, by the ruling class.

ALL LIFE IS SACRED! ALL HUMAN BEINGS COME FROM THE SAME SOURCE! WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! And isn't it interesting to note that the indigeneous people around the world -- many of whom are our most deeply connected keepers of wisdom -- are being silenced and abused by the so-called "powers-that-be"?

And so, by the power invested in me by my Creator, I invite you to take a stand for love and peace, brotherhood and sisterhood. See God in everyone. And if you don't believe in God, then at least treat your fellow human beings with kindness, compassion, and respect. The next time someone tells you a story which you know is unhinged -- spoken for no other reason than to dominate, manipulate, and control -- SPEAK UP! STAND YOUR GROUND! BE THE LIVING MORAL OF EARTH'S REAL STORY!

Without demonizing the other (that's how wars start), take a deep breath, let go of your need to be right, and tell a different story.

What kind of story will you tell today?

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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.