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Awesome Results With Executive Storytelling: Podcast With Rich Sheridan, CEO & Chief Storyteller

July 25, 2014 6:00 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

Does Storytelling Make A Difference? Yes It Does! Rich Sheridan shares philosophy, tips and advice for business leaders. Podcast: Karen Interviewed by Richard Sheridan I’ve been on the hunt for officially designated Chief Storytellers in corporations and have actually found a few! In this podcast I interview Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations. Getting the skinny on what is actually happening with executive storytelling and employee engagement in companies is key to understanding how stories are shaping business and improving results. So stay tuned for more podcasts like this one. Menlo Innovations, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a software development firm. But they do it like no other. On their website you can read about their... View Article »

Creating Awesome Video Stories: It’s Easy w/ These Tools and Software

August 27, 2014 11:24 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

Do you want to use video to market your business online? This article shows tools and resources to create online videos and market your business right now. Source: www.socialmediaexaminer.com If you’ve got a great story to share (because you’ve paid attention to building your storytelling skills), and now it’s time to turn it into a video. Ugh. Sounds like a big headache. Until you read this article, which goes over all the tools and software needed to make it EASY. Yeah! One tool they recommend is Camtasia. Well, I struggled with this program. Ultimately I abandoned it because of the learning curve involved — and I just didn’t have the time. But that’s me. Maybe your experience is/will be different.... View Article »

The Role of Storytelling: What Leadership Looks Like In 20 Years

August 27, 2014 11:10 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence? “Singularity”? All are buzzwords of the emerging technology future. But what about leadership? If we don’t get leadership right, [...] Source: www.forbes.com Here is another article on leadership that will help us chart our future and create it well. Heaven knows, just looking at the news headlines these days reminds us how critical leadership is. And I’m not just talking at the political level. Nor am I talking about leadership at the big corporate level. I’m talking about leadership at YOUR level — no matter where you are... View Article »

Burning Man: Its Wonderful, Weird Economy and Links to Story

August 26, 2014 4:11 pm | Published by | Leave a Comment

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the “gift economy.” Source: www.theatlantic.com Burning Man is happening right now and it’s on my bucket list to go to there. Why? Well for one, think of all the awesome stories I’ll be able to tell afterward! But that is not the only reason. I want to go to Burning Man so I can experience/learn more about the ethos and logos of community, values in action, and how the future may look/feel through different economic values that I see emerging today.  Burning Man is a week-long art event that happens in a totally desolate desert with... View Article »

Need a Headline For Your Story or Blog? 19 Fab Formulas

August 26, 2014 2:49 pm | Published by | Leave a Comment

Many people have found headlines that work wonders, consistently, time after time. And they go well beyond the saturated listicle or clickbait. Why not take so… Source: www.slideshare.net I just led a storytelling workshop today for one of my favorite nonprofits — Just in Time for Foster Youth. Part of our discussion was how to start a story that captives folks. Eventually we have to write a “wow” headline for the story to be shared in a newsletter, etc. When using a written story in an email, newsletter, blog post, article, PowerPoint, and the like, being able to write an attention grabbing headline is key. Your headline will spark someone to read your story. Or not. Here’s a nifty guide... View Article »

Answer These 3 Questions For Fab Success At Your Next Storied Presentation

August 25, 2014 8:02 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

Delivering presentations is one of the best ways to build your brand and increase your network, yet public speaking is ranked ahead of death in the list of fears. To succeed at your next speech, focus on your audience and ask yourself these three critical questions. Source: www.forbes.com Every presentation you give — no matter what time and to whom — is all about being able to tell your story and succeed. To help us all get better at presentations of any kind — whether it’s at a team meeting, with senior executives, project managers, investors, sales proposals and presentations — here are 3 critical questions you need to answer to be able to tell your story well and sell.... View Article »

Story Skills Are Critical for All Rungs of Org Ladder

August 25, 2014 7:53 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago we were asked to analyze a competency model that had been created by a client. The assumption of their model was that as leaders move up to higher levels in the organization, some competencies become more important. For example, in their model they proposed that a [...] Source: www.forbes.com Now here is a study showing how influence and motivation skills are necessary for both managers and leaders. This is unique because instead of just focusing on leader skills, this study surveyed senior executives, middle-managers, and lower level managers. You’d think that the skills would differ as you go up the org food chain. Not so! As you can see from the chart, motivation, influence, communication skills... View Article »

Crappy Biz Storytelling: Scoopit Links W/out Insights

August 22, 2014 11:25 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

8.21.14With 1,387 views, more than 2x the next closest Scoop, The debate about Scoop.it links on Twitter is the most viewed and shared Curation Revolution Scoop of all time. Dr. V I’m seeing more Scoopit links in my Twitter stream and I’m not crazy about it.  Sure it’s quick and easy to share with Scoopit.  But it not quick and easy to consume. For me it’s all about the econ… Marty Note (here is comment I wrote on Dr. V’s blog) Appreciate Bryan’s and Joseph’s comment, but I rarely use Scoop.it as a pass through. More than 90% of the time I’m adding “rich snippets” to content I Scoop. Rich snippets are “blog” posts that fall between Twitter and the... View Article »

Look up, Connect and Share A Story–video

August 22, 2014 7:20 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

My daughter shared this emotionally powerful video with me, and it made me reflect on how we as salespeople waste so much time in sales cycles, because we’re… Source: www.youtube.com The other night my husband Tim and I were out to dinner. At the table next to us was a teenage boy with his mom and dad. The kid was totally engaged in his meal and having a good time gobbling up the food. No phone or iPad for him! His parents though? They spent the entire meal on their phones checking email and texting. They never once said a word to their son. You could tell the boy was used to it and was entertaining himself in their absence.... View Article »

“Talk the Walk”: A Game Changer The Best Storied Leaders Do

August 22, 2014 6:33 am | Published by | Leave a Comment

Why words matter. Source: blogs.hbr.org I like this article because it goes beyond the simple leadership phrase “Walk the talk,” which means “live your values, don’t just talk about them”. What the author Bill Taylor is focusing on here is the connection between thinking, language, communication, and action. His position is that when leaders start thinking differently, their language changes, then their communication changes, and then if all goes well, their words and actions line up. In other words, if leaders can break out of the “isms” of their company, they will start thinking differently about the organization and talk about it differently, too. That can be a game-changer for everyone. Want more innovation? Then start thinking about it differently.... View Article »