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This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years

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This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years
Last year, a pale woman with crazy eyebrows and a keytar strapped to her back made a video of herself, wearing a kimono and holding up hand-Sharpied signs on a street in Melbourne. One by one, the signs flipped, explaining that the woman had spent the last 4 years writing songs.

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Workers and Leaders Need To Tell Good Stories

Workers and Leaders Need To Tell Good Stories

As freelancing is becoming common, people with powerful personal brands have a leg up on getting jobs and being promoted. And personal brands are built on, among other things, telling and sharing great stories.

Stories help us hold attention, remember and persuade. Savvy leaders tell stories to inspire and motivate us as they understand that “what you say” is often moot compared to “how you say it.” 

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Businesses Need To Tell Good Stories

Businesses Need To Tell Good Stories

Most CMOs think content is the future of marketing and that branded content is superior to PR, direct mail, and print advertising.

As the people get used to interacting with companies and most corporations start thinking of themselves as publishers, the defining characteristic among the successful ones will be the ability to not just spew content, but to craft compelling stories.

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The Power Of Storytelling

The Power Of Storytelling

Stories makes us think and feel and are an essential drivers of change for humans.

Although it can be hard to tell a good story, in the modern world, storytelling is becoming essential. As we spend increasing amounts of time consuming content, businesses and individuals who master storytelling have more opportunities to stand out, spread messages, and make change through storytelling.

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One of the oldest and most straightforward storytelling formulas:

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  • Exposition: Introduce important background information
  • Rising action: Tell a series of events to build up to the climax
  • Climax: Turn the story around (usually the most exciting part of the story)
  • Falling action: Continue the action from the climax
  • Dénouement: Ending the story with a resolution.

Before – After – Bridge storytelling formula

  • Before: Describe the world with Problem A.
  • After: Imagine what it’d be like having Problem A solved.
  • Bridge: Here’s how to get there.

Set the stage of a problem that your target audience is likely to experience ( a problem that your company solves). Describe a world where that problem didn’t exist. Explain how to get there or present the solution (i.e. your product or service).

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  • Clarifies The Vision and Mission of an Organization. Reinforces the intent of the leadership. 
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Consider utilizing the exercise below to help develop a positive story:

  • Identify a successful event within the organization, or, an accomplishment by its personnel.
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  • Develop a 5 minute and 2 minute version of the story for use when speaking with your internal leadership team and personnel.