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Essential Book for Leaders and Writers,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling (Taschenbuch)Having loved stories as a youngster (especially the Greek myths as related by my mother), I lost sight of the power of stories until I became a management consultant. I realized that the sales and education process both relied on simple, powerful stories rather than rational evidence. I again forgot about stories until I heard Howard Gardner talking about their primary significance for leaders. I then made a point to write all of my books by using as many complex, nuanced and persuasive stories as possible. Many people have praised me as a natural story teller, so I thought was done with the subject. Then, just last month, I heard Steve Denning talk about his experience in using stories to launch knowledge management at the World Bank. Oops! Here were new story ideas for me.
I ordered Denning's excellent book, The Leader's Guide to Storytelling . . . and decided to check out Amazon.com to see who else had written highly rated books on the subject. Annette Simmons' The Story Factor jumped out at me. When I examined both books, I realized that The Story Factor should be read first. It provides the overview that we all need on this subject as speakers and writers.
Ms. Simmons begins by describing six archetypal stories that we need to know how to tell: Who I Am; Why I Am Here; Vision; Teaching; Values-in-Action; and I Know What You're Thinking.
I was impressed to see these categories in print. As a consultant, I have been coaching leaders for over 30 years on how to fill in their repertoire of stories from categories that they usually ignore (especially, I Know What You're Thinking).
Having laid out that agenda, the rest of the chapters focus on "what" and "how to" elements:
What Is Story?
What Story Can Do that Facts Can't
How to Tell a Good Story
The Psychology of Story's Influence
Sound Bite or Epic?
Influencing the Unwilling, Unconcerned, or Unmotivated
Storylistening as a Tool of Influence
Storyteller Dos and Don'ts
The Life of a Storyteller
The book also contains a valuable bibliography that is worth the price of this volume.
Having read this book, I think I've finally gotten the point that I need to work on my stories . . . and not just every 15 years or so.
Give this book to those you love . . . and keep a copy for yourself!
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