Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

First Friday Book Synopsis

Storytelling. Whatever the nature and extent of a presentation, be it formal or informal, whatever the objective(s) and audience may be, you will probably have much greater success if you anchor the material in a human context. The best way to do that? More specifically, create a setting, introduce major “characters,” focus on an issue [.].

Let Me Tell You a Story

Kevin Eikenberry

Yet storytelling itself is a bit of a paradox. Communication Leadership Learning storytelling teleseminar As human beings we love stories. It starts at a young age and continues throughout life. Why are stories so compelling? Because our lives themselves are a series of stories.

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The Simplest Way to Hear the Best Stories

Let's Grow Leaders

Listening Questions Recognition Storytelling communication recognition skip level communication stories Everyday your team is doing great work. Sometimes you miss their stories. Some folks will go home and tell their stories around the dinner table. Others can’t, or won’t.

Ready to Be Promoted?

Let's Grow Leaders

Communication grow your career Mentoring Storytelling career communication promoted promotions transparency He thinks he’s ready to be promoted. You don’t. You don’t want to crush his spirits, but he’s not listening.

Wisdom For Your Future Self

Let's Grow Leaders

Callings Change Creativity Fear and Courage Storytelling advice career growth growth helping wisdom “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Try to See Things My Way

Leading Blog

This short film is from storyteller Jason Headley. It''s titled It''s Not About The Nail. Don''t try to fix it. I just need you to listen." Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what. Weekend Supplement

052: How to Use Stories to Engage People | featuring Steve Kloyda from The Prospecting Expert

Engaging Leader

Sources: cracked.com and TIME When these storytellers, artists, and musicians cast a vision, sound the alarm on a problem, or establish priorities, they guide the public imagination and frame the future. Storytelling is a marvelous way to combine influence and entertainment for maximum impact.

Be Innovative; Be Nimble – Two Important Business Lessons from the 2013 Super Bowl

First Friday Book Synopsis

But destiny is for storytellers; football coaches deal in reality. This was a victory for and about one of the best organizations in the league. To understand why, look at the Ravens’ biggest play of the night: The 108-yard kick return by Jacoby Jones. During the break between the AFC championship game and the Super [.]. Randy's blog entries

5 Secrets to a Kick-Butt Kickoff (how to host a motivational meeting)

Let's Grow Leaders

Creativity Culture Recognition Storytelling Vision kick-off event kick-off meeting leadership motivation motivational meeting recognitionAre you looking to host a kickoff meeting to inspire and motivate your team? When’s the last time you got the whole crowd together to rally around the vision, celebrate progress and have a little fun? What if you got this note in your email today (I did)? “I was approached by one of my [.]

Innovation & The Network - BIF9

Mills Scofield

BIF9 is almost here - I''m so so honored to be a storyteller (and still kind of amazed!). BIF9 Culture Innovation Leadership Networking Storytelling community Thank you Maureen Tuthill for such an eloquent write up !

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 3/18/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Competitiveness" "International Women’s Day 2013: Defining Success" "Some Things You Might Not Know About Sheryl Sandberg…But Lucky Us "Stop Reinventing Disruption" "The New Aesthetic Resonates in Ferruccio Laviani’s Good Vibrations” "Why Persuasion Doesn’t Require Manipulation" Accenture Global Research Results Adam Bryant Amazon.com ARTINFO.com “The second step to brain mastery” Baratunde Thurston Bernie D.

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5 Must-Read Books For Business Leaders For Summer 2013

Eric Jacobson

Author Paul Smith explains why storytelling has emerged as a vital skill for every leader and manager. Stumped for what business books to add to your summer reading list?

Changing One Thing Changes Everything

Mills Scofield

In 2011, I pitched a new job at my old job and became a full-time illustrator and storyteller for a non-profit. I founded United Way of Greater Portland’s LUbrary —the LIVE UNITED storytelling library—and forever fused my personal and professional lives.

Elmore Leonard: Focus On What’s Important, Ignore Everything Else

N2Growth Blog

10 that Elmore Leonard , a gifted storyteller and author of some 46 novels, posited in an essay on writing for the New York Times in 2001. Leonard died this month and since his passing has brought forth boatloads of praise for this gifted storyteller.

A Network is Worthless if You Don't Share it!

Mills Scofield

BIF9 Culture Innovation Jessica Esch Leadership Networking Storytelling Virtues-Values Thank you so much Jessica Esch for sketchnoting my BIF-9 story!!!

The Advantage of Dealing with Giants in Our Life

Leading Blog

Gladwell is a master storyteller. Malcom Gladwell wants us to rethink how we think about the giants in our lives whether they be outsized opponents, disabilities, misfortunes, or oppression. We all face or have faced odds that seemed to be stacked against us. Odds that we are forced to deal with. In David and Goliath , Gladwell shares two ideas.

Brand journalism 101: Tell a Better Story

Women on Business

Otherwise, be prepared to take a lot of heat from its critics who would be elated to escort “brand journalism” out of 2013 STAT. If you want your company to succeed at brand journalism (aka corporate media gone social), you better know how to tell a good story.

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FBR - Persuasive Presentations, by Nancy Duarte

Jason Womack

Story: Use storytelling principles and structure to engage your audience. While attending the TEDx workshop day last February, I met Scott, from Duarte Design, after he'd facilitated a workshop on "effective presentations."

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #12 – Erika Andersen On Leading So People Will Follow

Tanveer Naseer

What does storytelling reveal to us as being the key attributes leaders everywhere need to exhibit to encourage employees to follow them both in good times and in bad?

On Conan Doyle: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling Michael Dirda Princeton University Press (2012) Welcome to “a romantic chamber of the heart, in a nostalgic country of the mind, where it is always 1895″ Since childhood, I have cherished books as “magic carpets” by which to visit human experiences that would not have otherwise […].

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Chip R. Bell: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The author of nineteen books, Chip Bell‘s newest book (written with Marshall Goldsmith) is Managers As Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning. He is also the author of Wired and Dangerous (with John Patterson) and Managing Knock Your Socks Off Service (with Ron Zemke). He has served as consultant, trainer, or speaker to such major organizations […].

Leaders take action

Lead on Purpose

Steve Johnson – strategic product management coach and storyteller – wrote about the importance of getting things done in a recent post : “There’s doing it right, and there’s doing it perfectly. Great leaders understand the responsibility of doing things right, making sure they’re accomplishing the goals they’ve set out for themselves and their organizations. Doing things right is a core to success.

Seven Dilemmas for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Rajesh Setty

Balancing superb execution with flawless storytelling is a must to make something meaningful happen. entrepreneurship Main Page certainty execution persistence sharing signal vs noise storytelling Any meaningful AND significant pursuit will involve a huge learning curve.

The Value of Vision Series – Tanvi Gautam

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

My insight on the topic is based on the corporate storytelling work I do on transformational leaderships as well as storytelling for influence and engagement. Vision: It’s All About the (Im)possible Story. Dr. Tanvi Gautam. Past perfect tense. I recall that evening quite vividly.

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Power of the Network Rocks on.

Mills Scofield

Today, InnovationExcellence posted my BIF9 story and fellow BIF9 storyteller, Carl Størmer and I were guests on Innochat ! This week is blowing me away! Tomorrow? CXOTalk ! BIF9 Culture Innochat Innovation Leadership Networking

America's Future is #RCUS

Mills Scofield

Here are a few BIF9 Storytellers who inspired me. After every BIF , we always wonder if it can get any better and each year is as unique and powerful as the one before. This is a testimony to the human spirit.

053: 5 Lessons in Adventurous Leadership from Lewis & Clark: America’s Greatest Explorers

Engaging Leader

In this episode, we discuss five leadership qualities that were essential to their success (and survival): Honesty Perseverance Emotional intelligence (at least as far as other white males were involved) Shared decision-making Purpose-driven Jesse also answers a listener''s question about episode 52: Mark asks, "You explained the why and how of storytelling, but I''m wondering when. As leaders, we’re often asking people to go into uncharted territory with us.

The Ultra-short Course on Seduction

Rajesh Setty

Main Page conversation expectation listening reality seduction sell your ideas storytellingHow can you seduce someone? Important Note: With the Valentine’s day around, the title can be misleading.

A Data Scientist's Real Job: Storytelling

Harvard Business Review

Every morning at DoSomething.org, our computers greet us with a report containing over 350 million data points tracking our organization's performance.

Good Companies Are Storytellers. Great Companies Are Storydoers

Harvard Business Review

Discussions about story and storytelling are pretty fashionable in marketing circles. Since storytelling companies outnumber storydoing companies, in each of the seven categories we chose five storytelling companies and one storydoing company based on the criteria we described above.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 7/15/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling Michael Dirda Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders David Kantor Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff […].

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5 Books To Read This Fall

Eric Jacobson

Author Paul Smith explains why storytelling has emerged as a vital skill for every leader and manager. Stumped for what business books to add to your fall reading list?

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7 Steps to Getting Your Startup Story Right

Rajesh Setty

This is where the need for learning the fundamentals of storytelling becomes key. Reading about startups and trying to build one is like reading a book and jumping into the battleground to fight.

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The Power of Your Network is the "Ask"

Mills Scofield

Originally published in Harvard Business Review , this post needs to be reread since my friend Vala Afshar will be a storyteller at BIF1 0 and Sidney Kushner will be attending - in just two weeks! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.

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How to prepare to be an entrepreneur

Rajesh Setty

Learn the fundamentals of storytelling: This is a MUST whether you want to be an entrepreneur or not but if you WANT to be an entrepreneur, mastering this art will give you a huge competitive advantage.

Sergey Brin on Google Glass – Making a case (or not)

Rajesh Setty

Note: I respect Sergey Brin for all the awesome work so these comments are only based on a particular storytelling incident ]. Let me first make a case for not cutting your hand by a knife? You should just prick your hand with a needle. It is less painful and you will probably bleed less. Does the above make sense? Probably not. Now, how about making such a case for Google Glass? Watch this video where Sergey Brin makes a case starting at 2:45.

17-Point Program to Have the Best Year of Your Life

Rajesh Setty

2013 is days away. ” To start you on that journey, here are 100+ mini sagas (a mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words) OR, if you want a quick 5 minute overview on how to become a better storyteller, start here. Happy New Year.

Why Clarity is the Key to Organizational Health


While Lencioni is a gifted storyteller, I’m not the biggest fan of the fable as a medium for conveying organizational truth. However, what is new is that Lencioni applies his storytelling skills to real-world examples, and in so doing The Advantage adds much more gravitas to his prior work.

The Decline and Fall of Product Placement

Harvard Business Review

For more than a century, the motion picture has reigned supreme as the world's ultimate storytelling tool. And the future of storytelling will turn this power dynamic on its head. Storytelling will be turned to the crowd (very carefully).

Morning Advantage: Ye Olde Leadership Lessons from Shakespeare

Harvard Business Review

But there is a larger lesson here: the power of storytelling to connect, inspire, and stick with us. Storytelling helps us overcome that dilemma. Fed up with peppy leadership books? Strategy gurus with strangely white teeth and strangely permanent tans? Bulleted lists of do's and don'ts that make management sound duh-level straightforward, when it's anything but? Nigel Roberts has an idea for you: try Shakespeare instead.

The Three Elements of Successful Data Visualizations

Harvard Business Review

Data visualization lends itself well to being a communication medium for storytelling, in particular when the story also contains a lot of data. Storytelling helps the viewer gain insight from the data.

Telling Stories with Visual Data: A Glimpse into the Future of Narrative

Harvard Business Review

It''s a glimpse into the future of data-driven storytelling. Editor''s note: We''ve asked contributors to the Visualizing Data Insight Center to show us some of their favorite examples of dataviz with short explanations of what makes those visualizations so effective.

Three Communication Tips Every Leader Should Use

Great Leadership By Dan

He founded and serves as managing director of The Sheffield Company, an award-winning boutique agency recognized for its focus on narrative messaging and visual storytelling. Guest post from Joe McCormack : Brief breakthroughs can come at any time. “I

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