Gratitude

World Gratitude Day This Thursday 21st September is World Gratitude Day. The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. So this […]

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Stories from an FBI Agent

Rhonda Glover – Stories from an FBI Agent Last year when I attended the Woman and Power program at Harvard (I’m still not sick of saying that) I had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda Glover who is an FBI agent. I caught up with Rhonda recently in Washington, DC and she advised me that she […]

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Something unique happens...everytime

Something unique happens…Every time

Business Storytelling Workshops Over the last three weeks I have run a public business storytelling workshop in Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney and just like every other workshop I run, something unique happens every time. These workshops bring people together from all industries and countries, including corporates, government, not for profits, small businesses and sole practitioners. Each […]

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The hardest aspect of storytelling in business

What is the hardest aspect of storytelling in business? Last week I promised to reveal the hardest aspect of storytelling in business. To recap my previous post, some of the hardest aspects of storytelling are: Finding the right story to use Being clear on your message Being succinct Ending on message Number 1 – Vulnerability […]

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The 5 hardest aspects of Storytelling in Business

So much harder than I thought

The 5 hardest aspects of storytelling in business When I conduct my storytelling workshops the most common comment I hear is something along the lines of, ‘This is so much harder than I thought it was going to be.’ And I get that …on one hand when learning how to tell stories, there is the […]

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Thought Leadership

Mischievous or Genius – exploring Thought Leadership

Mischievous or Genius The other day I was collecting dirty washing when I came across my daughter’s own version of Thought Leadership. In my youngest daughter’s room I discovered her school uniform hanging over her chair. Her shirt, tie and jumper were all in one, showing that she had taken them all off as one item. This […]

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‘Cool Story Bro’

Cool Story Bro Have you ever had anyone say ‘Cool Story Bro’ to you? If so, it is important to realise that it’s not a compliment. ‘Cool Story Bro’ is a catchphrase used as a sarcastic response to a lengthy or off the track story that the listener has no interest in. As an amused […]

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This is our story

This is our story

This is our story …or maybe not. As more companies realise the power of stories, they are increasingly including their story in marketing collateral. The ‘about us’ on websites has changed to ‘our story’ and marketing brochures contain ‘This is our story’. Some companies even place it on their packaging. I have even seen stories […]

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IABC World Conference 2017

Stories from Washington – IABC World Conference 2017

IABC World Conference 2017 I have just returned from Washington DC where I was the opening speaker at the IABC World Conference 2017. My speech was on authentic leadership, business storytelling and how we need to move away from jargon. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is an amazing global organisation for business communication […]

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Authentic leadership – you can’t fake it

Have you been thrown by inauthentic leadership?   On Sunday, I will be the opening speaker at the IABC World conference in Washington DC where my keynote will cover authentic leadership and storytelling; two subjects that I write and speak about on a regular basis. I was therefore delighted when Alison Hobbs, a manager at […]

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