The Business of Story Podcast with Host Park Howell
Subscribe to Top-Rated Storytelling Podcast and Make Your Brand Story Stand Out
- Listen Now Online
- Subscribe on iTunes
- Subscribe on Spotify
- Subscribe on Stitcher
- Subscribe on Google Play
- Listen on Libsyn
- Get the podcast in your inbox every Monday
Each episode brings you the brightest storytelling content creators, advertising creatives, authors, screenwriters, makers, marketers, and brand raconteurs that show you how to make your story marketing stand out.
Are you a Business of Story fan?
- Please leave a short review here, and tell us how you like the show!
84+ FIVE STAR reviews from our fans on iTunes:
- “Captivating and informative.”
- “Outstanding show. A must listen.”
- “I’m in love!”
- “Wonderful storytelling resource.”
- “An excellent resource for business communicators.”
- “Blown away!”
Like what you hear? Bring Park to your next event.
Why is happiness elusive? Why can’t it be as easy as knowing what makes you happy and doing exactly that? Think about it. Later, you’ll come to realize your important role in resolving this dilemma. In the pursuit of elusive happiness, we can use stories to connect even the greatest divides.
In 1995, a convict of a federal drug case was given a reduced sentence of probation. Why? The judge saw a video of him taking care of his wife who was very sick. The video showed how his wife’s entire life depended on him. Most importantly, it showed who will be affected most by the judge’s decision — the sick and dying wife who didn’t have anything to do with the crime.
That alone influenced the judge’s decision because it appealed to his human side. That’s the power empathy has.
Back in 2013, I was working with different executives for the Sustainability Leadership Program for Arizona State University. I was one of three speakers and after I was introduced, the executives’ reaction was, “Oh, the soft skills guy!”
Little did I know, there was already warfare between technical hard skills and communications soft skills. A recent report from the World Economic Forum revealed the 10 most in-demand skills in business according to LinkedIn. Hitting the top spots are creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and time management. Apparently, as technology advances, the employers’ need for soft skills from their employees also advances.
At the core of each of these skills is the ability to tell a clear and concise story.
This week, we’re doing something different from the past 179 episodes. It’s my turn to be on the hot seat and my guest, Wanita Z-Fourie, will be the one asking the questions. In this show, we discuss how to use storytelling to grow your following.
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?