The power of the ordinary

The power of the ordinary

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Picture Jan Valecka Michelle Obama is one of my favourite storytellers. She makes you feel as if you know her. You don’t need extravagant adventures to make a story interesting. When people connect with a story it’s because they see themselves in it.  What takes us into a story is not the extraordinary but the ordinary which, at its simplest, is humanity. And what makes Michelle Obama an amazing storyteller is how she can talk about some of the most important political moments in America in a very funny and down-to-earth way. The story is not in the facts but in the approach you choose. When Michelle Obama talks about their last day at the White House, you expect some sort of political statement, but she doesn’t go that route:…
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Ten unconventional benefits of telling business stories

Ten unconventional benefits of telling business stories

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Rawpixel.com 1. It prompts you to look at your business differently: to find your stories you need to ask your team and your customers different kinds of questions. 2. Asking different questions can reveal interesting and relevant information about your business that was hidden in plain sight. 3. Interesting and relevant information can lead to new projects and business decisions that can move your business forward by differentiating it from your competition. 4. Moving your business forward based on decisions and projects connected to your team and your customers’ stories creates a culture that people feel they belong to. 5. A culture where staff and customers feel they belong acts as a magnet for the right talent and loyal customers. 6. A business that people feel part of can create…
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Start with these ten questions

Start with these ten questions

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Are you looking for your next stories? These ten questions can help your creative story skills. Why did you choose your job? Your most wired/difficult/challenging job interview  What was your first job, and how did it help you to become who you are right now? What did you want to do when you were a child, and how does that relate to what you’re doing now? What did you learn from your first boss or mentor? When was the last time you helped someone at work? When was the last time you decided not to pick a fight at work? How did you feel? Can you remember a time when you put in time, work or money without expecting any financial or personal return? What moved you to do this?…
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Places of authenticity

Places of authenticity

authenticity, stories
A customer is telling you how he’s doing these days. Suddenly the tone of his voice changes, he takes a deep breath and looks down for a minute or so, and you know that he’s about to tell you something beyond the normal business conversation between a sales person and a customer. He mentions that his dad died last week. You can see the sadness in his eyes. He tells you how they started the business together and how much his dad helped him in the early years of the business when he was young and inexperienced.   “My father was the kind of person who’d never let a client down, even if that meant losing money” he says.  “I remember once he offered a deferred payment to one of…
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