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Jan 18

What Is The Number One Objection To Learning And Development? Time. How Do You Overcome It? Take Them On The Journey.

”I know kung fu.” This is Neo’s pronouncement in the movie, The Matrix, eleven seconds after porting with the ship’s computer via a thick cord fixed to the back of his neck. “Show me,” says Morpheus who has spent those seconds watching Neo’s face twitch and eyeballs roll around beneath his closed eyelids. Off they […]

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Jun 27

To live a great story, don’t wish away the pain. To tell a great story, don’t pretend there wasn’t any.

There is a famous saying from Theodore Roosevelt that is often quoted as “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Dig around the internet a little and you will find the accurate quote. It is far richer and more powerful than the popular paraphrase. Roosevelt actually said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing […]

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May 11

“What do I say now?” How good segues strengthen your ideas, make your slide transitions sing, and add meaning to your stories.

“I was just listening to the BBC and they were doing a story on a 14 year old girl killed by cannibals in prehistoric America. Next thing I knew they were talking about wine. For just a second I thought the were recommending the best wine to go with human flesh, then I realized I […]

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Apr 24

How Mistakes Create Critical Business Stories That Build Resilience – The Story Compass Series: Knowledge Stories

The Oxford dictionary defines resilience in two ways: The capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity   For us humans, the first is a good literal translation. The second is a wonderful metaphor for recovering quickly. And isn’t that […]

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Oct 24

Say It With Charts!

Don’t data dump! Inspired by my favorite data storytelling book, Say It With Charts by Gene Zelazny, these two videos will help you tell a story with your data. How should you present a chart? Be a good movie director using a wide shot, medium shot and close shot. Grappling with how much information to […]

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Sep 16

Don’t present your chart… direct it!

Last week, I had to stop a presenter as he was mid-way through explaining his chart. “Can you back up?” I asked. “I think I first need to understand what the numbers on the side mean.” It happens a lot. After spending a few days or even weeks synthesizing data, pulling out the meaning and […]

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Mar 22

If You Want To Blow Any Computer Out Of The Water…Tell A Story.

A few years ago in a session of The Story Compass, a participant asked me, “Don’t you think storytelling is a bit primitive? I think we’ll evolve past it, communicate in a more sophisticated way.” My first thought was, “Whoah! Slow down buddy. You just called the whole course into question!” Then I thought about […]

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Apr 11

Have a fast car? Who cares? What’s your story?

One evening last week, I warmed up two chocolate chip cookies and, at the urging of my dad, sat down to watch Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix. By the end of three episodes, I had decided two things. First, I would ask my son to hide the cookies. Second, I would be watching […]

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Apr 18

In This COVID Crisis, We Don’t Need Corporate Jargon. Please.

Fear of the unknown. Is there anyone not feeling this right now? If our usual changes at work are like Gandalf showing up at our cottage door and asking, “Hey, want to go to Mordor and destroy this dangerous ring?”, COVID is the unmarked van that peeled up onto the sidewalk, threw us in the back, […]

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Feb 11

Stop Ignoring Them! How to Engage Your Audience Tip #1

“Tell them that joke you know.” When we think of engaging our audiences, we often think of things like telling a story, a joke, making eye contact or asking a question. And those are great suggestions. (Unless you’re not funny. Then – please – avoid the joke.) But what about giving them a voice? You […]

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