Storytelling at Work
June 23, 2019


"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have rather talked." -- Mark Twain

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." -- Stephen R. Covey

"The first duty of love is to listen." -- Paul Tillich

"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new." -- Dalai Lama

"The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent." -- Alfred Brendel

"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." -- Ernest Hemingway

"There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak." -- Simon Sinek

"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." -- Karl A. Menniger

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." -- Winston Churchill

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"We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less." -- Diogenes

"The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." -- Peter Drucker

"Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking." -- Bernard M. Baruch

"There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing." -- G.K. Chesterton

"You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time." -- M. Scott Peck

"For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after." -- Ursula K. Le Guin

"It takes two to speak the truth -- one to speak and another to hear."
-- Henry David Thoreau

"The art of conversation lies in listening." -- Malcolm Forbes

"Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen." -- Margaret Wheatley

"So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it." -- Krishnamurti

"If speaking is silver, then listening is gold." -- Turkish proverb

"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen." -- Rumi

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." -- Doug Larson

"When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes." -- Victor Hugo

"Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right." -- Jane Goodall

"If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening." -- Marge Piercy

"When listening to another person, don't just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body. You are giving the other person space -- space to be. It is the most precious gift you can give." -- Eckhart Tolle

"Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it's an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole." -- Marge Piercy

"Listening is an act of love." -- David Isay

"And so I had him thinking of me as a good conversationalist when, in reality, I had been merely a good listener and had encouraged him to talk." -- Dale Carnegie

"To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation." -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Man's inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively." -- Carl Rogers

"There is a difference between truly listening and waiting for your turn to talk." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." -- Jimi Hendrix

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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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Storytelling for the Revolution
Storytelling for the Revolution is Mitch Ditkoff's newly published book about the power of personal storytelling to elevate the conversation on planet Earth. Provocative. Evocative. And fun. YOU have stories to tell. This book will help you tell them.
Storytelling at Work
"The world is not made of atoms," wrote the poet, Muriel Rukeyser. "It's made of stories." Learn how to discover, honor, and unpack the stories of yours that show up "on the job" in Mitch Ditkoff's award-winning 2015 book, Storytelling at Work.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.