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A collection of posts and thoughts about stories, ideas and communication.

Storytelling: theatre for the mind

The most effective story that you can tell to inspire, persuade or inform ISN’T the one you tell to someone in your audience, it's the one the person tells himself. Consider this story that I heard from the wonderful, but late, Anthony De Mello: A man who took great...

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The stories that paralyse us

I was working with a rather brilliant physicist recently, helping him prepare a poster and a presentation for an up-coming conference. We had worked on his content, introducing engaging stories to introduce and contextualize the of facts and figures that his audience...

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The carrot and stick approach to climate change

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been doing research into climate change denial and it’s clear to me that part of the problem is that when we communicate the challenges of climate change, we forget to communicate the opportunities. There are so many opportunities, not...

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The invisible people on our streets

An encounter with a homeless man in New Orleans leaves me with a story that I occasionally tell and that always makes listeners rethink their assumptions about the invisible people on our streets.

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A great story about how to start a movement

I’m a huge fan of Derek Sivers’ (American entrepreneur who founded CD Baby) TED talk about how to start a movement. Instead of giving facts and figures, a “top 10 things you should do if you want to start a moment”, he uses fun footage and a witty narration to...

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