Posts and articles.
A collection of posts and thoughts about stories, ideas and communication.
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...read more
Talent versus practice – a follow-up on practising storytelling to develop exceptional communication skills
A while ago, I wrote about the value of practising storytelling in order to improve your storytelling skills and use them to strengthen your communication. Someone wrote to me recently, lambasting me for relying on my experience in this area and pointing me in the...read more
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...read more
I was delivering a storytelling performance recently and as usual, I spent a lot of time after the performance talking to members of the audience who want to chat, about the stories or themselves and so on. The very last person to come up to me was a professor from...read more
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...read more
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.read more
If you own a business or run a business anywhere in the world, social media has – without doubt – appeared on your radar. One of the things about running a business and building a brand is consistency – consistency in your story, your logo, the level of service you...read more
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...read more
When I was in Thailand a few years ago, I hired tuk-tuk (a little motorised vehicle) to get around Bangkok. Perhaps I should say that I was adopted by the tuk-tuk driver, as I didn’t have much choice in the matter, but that’s another story. Whilst he drove me from...read more
And the award for the world’s worst communicators in multi-cultural environments goes to Native English speakers…
Time and time again, non-native English speakers tell me that they find it significantly easier to understand other non-native English speakers than they do native speakers from the UK, USA and elsewhere in the English speaking world. The reason? Non-native English...read more
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