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Have you ever been telling a story and your words failed you? I don’t mean that you didn’t have a word for what you’re thinking or feeling. But they weren’t enough to express exactly what you wanted to say, or your audience wasn’t understanding the message.
Sometimes, what should be a source of pride, financial security, and wealth for the family becomes a source of heartache, dysfunction, and conflict. The want for power and control is what separates families in business together. This is why it’s essential to have leadership coaches who can teach the essence of storytelling in building a successful family business.
This episode holds a special spot in my heart because my father, Keith Clinton Howell, passed away recently. We recorded this episode three days after he was buried and I felt he was the one who led today’s guest to the show. My guest is someone who went through severe losses –family members, a job she really loved – and came out kicking. Surprisingly, hitting rock bottom and going through the lowest point in our lives can help unravel our most powerful story. (more…)
One of the most fearful words that has ever existed is “failure”. It hinders even the most ardent dreamer from pursuing their dreams. This fact made me thoughtful of an important question: if we remain fearful, will our dreams ever come true?
The actual aesthetic of our voices is something many of us have worried about at some point or another. We’ve all seen or heard a recording of ourselves and thought, “Is that really what I sound like?”
The good news is that perception can be changed. Yes, we can even change how we hear our own voices through simple exercises and mindset changes. And more importantly, we can change the way others hear and understand our communications through vocal awareness.
In this week’s show, we’re diving into how to use our voice as an instrument to become a better business storyteller.
Richie Prynne, a young street performer (also known as a busker), formed the British Blues-Americana band CC Smugglers in his early twenties. He knew it was hard to make it as a band these days, and that they’d have to get creative with their marketing to really stand out.
Their big idea? ‘Guerrilla Busking.’ They’d pop up and play to queuing crowds waiting to go into similar shows. The long list of targets included the fans of SeaSick Steve, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Devil Makes Three, Jools Holland and more. And it seemed to be working. Crowds would congregate to listen to them play, and then they’d tell their friends about it. The strategy instantly became fundamental to their innovative brand promotion.
As a business storytelling speaker, a customer relationship management (CRM) system is pretty important for me to organize my prospects. But I find my relationship with the CRMs I’ve tried to be frustrating, cumbersome and not particularly effective.
I recently heard about another up-and-coming CRM called Nimble and decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to use. Yet I wondered what their story was. How were they able to stand out among the other CRMs? I thought I’d challenge Nimble’s CEO to see if he could use the Story Cycle System™ to define his core advantage and humanize his technical offering.
I love wordplay. You’ve heard me say things like, “storytelling is the Velcro of collaboration” or “an anecdote is the antidote”.
Robert McKee once told me that our conscious mind is simply the P.R. department for our subconscious mind, where all of our real decisions are being made.
In the advertising world, we know we buy with our hearts and justify our purchases with our heads. We tell ourselves emotional stories as to why we need to buy something, and then we create nonfiction in our brains to counteract any buyer’s remorse we might experience.