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The Danger of A Single Story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Clues to a Great Story – Andrew Stanton

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (\”Toy Story,\” \”WALL-E\”) shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning. (Contains graphic language)

How to Stop Traffic With Storytelling – Kindra Hall

Have you ever had a small thing leave a big impression on you? Something as simple as a kind gesture or a beautiful picture can stick with us for days, even years later.

What if your story was that small thing for someone else?

I can tell you that every story can make an impact. And it’s not always the life-changing stories that influence others the most. You don’t have to have rescued a person, conquered an illness or even discovered the cure for that illness. (OR kill it with a world-changing lesson, new school initiative, etc.) Sometimes the small stories can inspire a listener the most. In this video, I’ll tell you about one of those small stories that sticks with me years later. And we’ll talk about you, your story and how it can impact your listeners / audience – maybe even for years to come and give you the ability to one day stop traffic.

Connection Through Storytelling – Kindra Hall

Using Storytelling to Get Ahead – Kindra Hall

Ok, this one’s for the ladies – and anyone who is struggling to talk about themselves! (Works for Educators, too!)

Why do we as women, find it so hard to talk about ourselves? Our success? Our hard work and determination? It’s something I’ve struggled with and it’s so frustrating!

When I’m coaching clients, it’s often difficult for many of them to get over the feeling that they are “bragging” about their accomplishments. It’s challenging for many of us to celebrate and express all the great things we’ve done.

So, how do you get over that feeling? By crafting your story. When you are using story to illustrate your achievements, it feels less like bragging and more like sharing information. And the bonus is that your story makes a much bigger impression than a list of your accomplishments.

In this video, I’ll share with you how I realized the solution for comfortably and confidently expressing your wins – and where to draw from to create your story.

Chief Storytelling Officer – Kindra Hall

If you’ve ever worked in or with a large company, you have probably noticed that communication across the different divisions can be tricky. Sure, each group knows what’s happening within their section, but when it comes to another group, that information never seems to get across companies lines. And that can lead to confusing marketing and a lack of overall value in the company with its customers. The solution that many companies are utilizing to solve this problem is to hire a Chief Storytelling Officer.

These individuals are responsible for collecting stories from the various divisions of a company, turning them into strategic storytelling and putting those stories to work for the company. Suddenly the sales division sees what’s happening in the service division – and more importantly, customers get a clear view of the company from all sides.

Sound interesting? Let me share with you how companies are putting stories to work not only for their customers but for their culture and employees too.

(Look around Twitter . . . School Leaders are adopting this title!)

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