“If you wish to influence an individual or a group to embrace a particular value in their daily lives, tell them a compelling story.” – Annette Simmons. Yes … the secret is out! We all have a story … what’s yours? Or better still, what message are you inspired to share? Chances are at some point, especially in this free-flowing information age of social media et al, you may have chewed over what to say or how best to express some thought to a listening or not so interested ear. Continue reading…
CANNON BEACH — Gideon For-mukwai’s story begins in the central African nation of Cameroon. “I got my first pair of shoes at age 10,” says For-mukwai. “It was almost like a right of passage, to have a pair of shoes.” Continue reading…
Do you want to beef up your sales with storytelling? Selling with a storytelling is akin to dating. On the first date, you can’t ask your date “Will you marry me?“ That’s just not polite. On the first date, you have to be likable, credible and relatable so that you can earn another date. In business as in dating, you have to build rapport first. You can’t short-circuit the process. If you rush, you ‘d crash. If you crash, you ‘d burn and that ’s it. Game over! It begs the question,
She gave a fine Powerpoint presentation, however, I found something sorely missing. It was too technical. So technical that it missed the point. As I sat there in the audience, I knew she was smart. Very smart, but like all smart people, she missed to connect with the regular people in the audience like me. How I wish she had used just one or two stories to illustrate her points and to humanize the topic of “breeding eagles in Seaside Oregon.” Yes, she had an eye for detail. I mean technical details.
Let me tell you about my friend Edith. She is currently visiting London with her son Emmanuel. So you may ask, why should I care about Edith? Well, she is a terrific mother; and a sought-after mother of a teen boy! Edith has one other amazing quality, I can’t wait to share with you Read on… BTW, did I say her son Emmanuel is my friend? Oh yes; and I look up to him; He is only 14! Unlike other 14 year olds who ‘re steeped in drama,
Mr. CHRISTOPHER VOGLER is a giant in the world of Hollywood storytelling. So who is Vogler? The works of Joseph Campbell inspired Christopher Vogler. He is author of “The Writer‘s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers.” As a Hollywood story consultant, he has read over 12,000 stories. He has also taught at the University of Southern California and has consulted for Disney Studios and Fox 2000. One Big Lesson from Vogler: He uses Campbell‘s The Hero‘s Journey to troubleshoot and critique missing elements and ingredients in stories before they are produced in screenplays
You Never Know How Far …. In 2011, I bought snow chains for the first time ever. After hesitating for years while living in Nevada, I had no choice. I had to drive through severe snowfall, up the Sierra Nevada highlands and the treacherous Donner ‘s Pass over to San Jose in Silicon Valley for a presentation during the Black History Month. Thanks to my friend George Goodwin, we made the trip together. It was a very slippery and scary drive. Good thing I had a new 4WD Honda CRV with good
Many business presenters tell stories that are linear, In other words their stories run on a straight line. They lack energy fluctuations And yes a they are stale.