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Business Story-Telling - Communication Skills Training from MindTools

Business Story-Telling - Communication Skills Training from MindTools
Using Stories to Inspire Learn how to tell stories that will help you sell products, build trust, or inspire your team. © iStockphoto How many times have you been enthralled by a good story? Maybe you stayed up late to read a novel that you couldn't put down, or watched a movie that you couldn't switch off? Perhaps you pushed yourself harder because you heard a story about a colleague's success, or you changed your opinion after reading a distressing story in a newspaper? Stories can change the way we think, act, and feel. Stories can be powerful business tools, and successful leaders use them to engage their teams. In this article, we'll look at business storytelling – we'll explore when you should use stories, and we'll think about what kind of story you should tell to get the results you want. What is Business Storytelling? People tell business stories to communicate and connect with employees, customers, colleagues, partners, suppliers, and the media. When to use Stories Types of Stories

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How to Tell Your Business Story - Tuts+ Business Tutorial Stories are what make us tick as human beings. We imagine our lives as a story, and doing so gives us meaning and purpose. Stories help us feel like we're part of something bigger than ourselves. A story tells the journey of a hero (or heroine) facing and overcoming a major challenge. Lessons From Great Storytellers: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Nancy Duarte Great ideas can change the world. But, they can only do so when effectively communicated. A powerful story is one of the best ways we can share our world-changing ideas. From cave paintings dating back to 15,000 BC to the next hit movie, stories fascinate us.

The Lazy Project Manager - Communication When reporting does not equate to communicating There is, to my mind, a great book - Alpha Project Managers by Andy Crowe - it talks about 'what the top 2% know that everyone else does not' and it certainly identifies communication as a key area that top project managers excel at. The book, based on a survey of 5,000 project managers, states in its findings: How to Tell a Great Story - Carolyn O'Hara We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you improve your ability to tell stories that persuade?

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