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Episode #6 – Two GREAT Questions! from Karen Dietz

The closest thing to mind control is asking a good question.  As in the old example: Q: Are you thinking about a pink elephant? A: No. Yes. Well, I wasn’t thinking about a pink elephant until you asked me if I was thinking about a pink elephant! This podcast includes a fantastic short clip from my

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Podcast #5: Michael Margolis

Does your bio suck? My bio: What story am I telling? In this short podcast Annette Simmons and Michael Margolis discuss how multiple bios create a fractured identity that not only confuses our customers and colleagues but keeps us confused as well.

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Episode #4: Michael Margolis – Your Story on Facebook

Michael Margolis discusses his introduction to storytelling in a workshop by Paul Costello.  He said he felt like he had “come home” and found one of his tribes.  He found the  ethics Paul developed doing narrative therapy (Michael White) helps us dive into a juicy creative tension!  For instance, whose story do you have a

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Episode 3: The Art of Storytelling – Karen Dietz Part 2

…storytelling has become extraordinarily popular. Karen Dietz and I discuss how storytelling has become extraordinarily popular. It is good that people realize  story is how we think and communicate but a lot of people are confused about how to get started. People who promise to teach storytelling but have not been trained in oral storytelling

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Episode #2: Karen Dietz

Karen is the best curator of articles about successful storytelling I know.  We go back a long way.  She and I met in the world of traditional tellers “back in the day.”  Today she has a finger on the pulse of business storytelling.  In fact, Karen Dietz and Lori Silverman have written a new book:

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Episode 1: Storytelling – What is working?

This is the first of at least ten Story Factor Podcasts. In this one, my audio guy Jay makes me explain what I want to do and I just talk… doing what I do: butchering metaphors and discovering what I am thinking by hearing what comes out of my mouth. I have no 3 second

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Contrasts, Not Conflicts

 “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”  Groucho Marx Troublemakers erode trust faster than we can build it back right now. Yet, many of these “troubles” are invented conflicts that distort predictably contrasting values. It helps to know what to look for. And once

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Storyteller’s Confession: My Secret Mission

I’ve been trying to infiltrate the halls of power for decades. My secret mission is to increase the diversity of thought by teaching those without a voice how to tell their stories and by teaching leaders how to find and retell stories that broaden everyone’s understanding.

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 8 of 8

We need a Magic School for Storytellers Thirty years before J. K. Rowling created Harry Potter, Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series imagined a magic school that taught apprentice sorcerers how to avoid abusing the power of magic. Le Guin points out early in the series that “even to light a candle is to cast a

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 7 of 8

Truth in Storytelling When I wrote the first edition of The Story Factor twenty years ago, I began with the idea that people don’t want more information. They want faith in you and your positive intentions. I never suspected that two decades later we’d be discussing an explosion of stories that intentionally undermine this faith. Without

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 6 of 8

The Moral Dilemmas of a Lion, a Scarecrow, and a Tin Man Frank Baum’s original introduction to The Wizard of Oz, written in 1900, made it clear that he felt children no longer needed the stereotypical “old-time fairy tale” that “may now be classed as ‘historical’ in the children’s library.” Baum claimed the time had

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