Change Storytelling : And why must I begin with a Personal Story?
Leadership team of a large MNC is working on a change story. The team is knowledgeable, so eliciting reasons / benefits from them to structure a change story is fairly simple. The reasons/ benefits sound something like this Harmonisation Efficiency Single Source of Truth We have the reasons/ benefits, its now time to wrap a story around them. Once the leadership team…

Emotion is the Fastest Path to the Brain
We can prove it scientifically. In academic terms, an “emotionally competent stimulus” is any video or photo that elicits a strong emotional reaction. These images can trigger fear, sadness, joy, hope, shock, surprise, or disgust. The turtle video triggers several emotions at once. Once we see or experience an emotionally charged stimulus, the amygdala—an almond-shaped structure in the brain’s temporal lobe—releases neurochemicals…

How Singapore Airlines sparked a desire to change in me?
February 2001, I am sitting in an amphitheatre along with 10 other girls who are all going to become Singapore Airlines flight attendants post a 3 month training program.  Its our day 1 in the Singapore Airlines Training Centre and we are just about to start our orientation. I am expecting for someone to come on the stage and start a powerpoint…

Challenging Meetings for Women in Workforce
Yesterday, I walked in to a boardroom meeting with 3 gentlemen waiting for me to take them through what I had planned to solve their team’s communication challenge. As soon as I saw dynamics in the room, I knew that I am going to face some challenge today and that awareness really helped me navigate the meeting. At one stage, I made…

Feeling like an Octopus as a Speaker
“Anjali your voice, tone, pace, pitch, dramatics can improve.” Over the last 3 weeks, I have purposely put myself in a situation where I knew I would get honest feedback on my speaking abilities. I have never been a believer of tone, voice, pitch and dramatics ( excluding pace, which I think is important to manage). My argument has always been speaking…

Indra Nooyi and Storytelling
Indra Nooyi was PepsiCo’s first female chief executive. She boosted PepsiCo’s revenue 80 percent during her tenure. She is also amongst the few female corporate leaders who are well known. One of the most remarkable thing about Indra Nooyi is her ability to storytell. Her videos are shared regularly in women in workforce forums and we often quote her. Here are 3…

Storytelling: Why do women UPSPEAK?
My client Ann ( not her real name ) and I have been working on a story that conveys a very simple point- data insights influence decision making. Ann will be delivering the story to the key stakeholders today. Whilst presenting she changes something unknowingly. Instead of concluding the story with confidence and saying, ” So, that is a great example of…

Storytelling : A Kueh Lapis Story Influences Decision Making
A group of government officials have come up with an idea, to launch a website that informs traveller’s coming into Singapore what they can and can’t bring into the country. They are required to present this idea to senior officials for a project sponsorship. Thier presentation begins with explaining the problem. The problem statement is projected on the slide For people travelling…