Archive for category: Persuasion

The seven deadly sins of storytelling

18 Jul
July 18, 2013

In a recent post I talked about the power of storytelling.  This week I’m turning my attention to the seven deadly sins that can impact on all of our stories in a negative way, and I’m going to suggest some approaches for dealing with them. Story Based on the original seven deadly sins, I thought I’d apply these to storytelling so that you always deliver the very best stories that you possibly can. As a reminder, the seven deadly sins are: Wrath Sloth Gluttony Greed Pride Lust, Read more […]

Five traits of a true leader

04 Jul
July 4, 2013

Leadership is complex, so we’re told – but is it really?  We hear that “leaders are born, not made,” we hear about leadership traits and leadership styles and a whole pile of other things that supposedly make someone a great leader.  But does it have to be that complex?  Perhaps there’s a simpler approach – one that we can all align to. Story Every time the elections come round the conversation turns to leadership.  We ask if the people on the TV and radio seeking our votes are Read more […]

The power of storytelling

25 Apr
April 25, 2013

According to an editorial in Management Today (February 2013), the way to paint a positive future for your teams and staff is to tell a story.  Far from being something that only children enjoy, storytelling for executives is now de rigor in the workplace.  But what is storytelling – and, more importantly, does it work? Story Storytelling has been used by the human race for as long as we have been able to communicate.  Australian cave paintings were used by the aboriginal people as a way Read more […]

Please sir, may I have some more?

07 Feb
February 7, 2013

Today, 7th February 2013 would have been the 201st birthday of Charles Dickens.  In one of his most famous books Oliver Twist famously asked “Please sir, may I have some more?”  This statement got me thinking; we all want more – we want more people, more budget, more capital investment, more time, more EVERYTHING.  That’s understandable – but do we do enough to justify our demands? Story The concept of wanting more is well-known to all of us.  Perhaps it’s a symptom of our culture Read more […]